overt

adjective
\ ō-ˈvərt, ˈō-(ˌ)vərt \

Definition of overt

: open to view : manifest overt hostility overt symptoms of the disease overt discrimination both overt and covert military action

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Other Words from overt

overtly adverb
overtness noun

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There are several qualities drinkers consistently look for in their light lagers: crisp, clean taste, mild sweetness, and a lack of overt bitterness. Gary Dzen, BostonGlobe.com, "Night Shift releasing Nite Lite, taking on the Buds and Millers of the world," 20 Mar. 2018 His signature sexiness was still present, if less overt with this (slightly) more covered up collection. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "At Paris Couture, Armani Makes a Play for the Red Carpet, Alexandre Vauthier is Grammys Ready," 24 Jan. 2018 Butina and Torshin — a longtime senator who's now deputy governor of Russia's Central Bank — were oddly overt in their activities. Matthew Bodner And Angela Charlton, Fox News, "Misfire: Maria Butina's strange route from Russia to US jail," 10 Sep. 2018 That idea’s threaded through there, still, but earlier versions were more overt about the soundscape becoming song. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Buzzworthy 'Blindspotting' completes the great Oakland film trifecta of 2018," 12 July 2018 The booking was the most overt political statement in the festival's four years. Erin Richards And Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eaux Claires IV review: Day 2 music," 8 July 2018 In a less overt – and far less malevolent way – the Democratic Establishment used leftwing identity politics in 2016 to obscure class tensions within its own tent. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Ocasio-Cortez Proved That ‘Identity Politics’ Is an Asset For Berniecrats," 27 June 2018 All in all, there is little overt sign at the University of Pennsylvania that Donald John Trump ever attended. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "It’s the 50th anniversary of the day Trump left college and (briefly) faced the draft," 20 May 2018 And if his time here did not reveal overt signs of his plot to kill King, his actions suggested a man who was preparing to be on the run and in the shadows. Matt Pearce, latimes.com, "When James Earl Ray came to L.A., months before he killed Martin Luther King, he found a place where he fit in," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of overt

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for overt

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from past participle of ovrir to open, from Vulgar Latin *operire, alteration of Latin aperire

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overt

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of overt

: easily seen : not secret or hidden

overt

adjective
\ ō-ˈvərt, ˈō-vərt\

Kids Definition of overt

: not secret or hidden overt hostility

overt

adjective
\ ō-ˈvərt, ˈō-ˌvərt also ˈō-vərt\

Medical Definition of overt

: open to view : readily perceived overt behavior

Other Words from overt

overtly adverb

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