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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps for this reason, some Democrats in the Midwest have been campaigning on a combination of a familiar pro-labor approach to the economy with a much more overt social progressivism, such as Senator Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, and Fetterman. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2022 In a later version, the committee made slight word changes to satisfy the channels but added a more overt racial contrast. Jonathan Weisman, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2022 Any overt effort by this administration to dramatically expand the domestic LNG export sector would invoke painful unrest among his party’s most loyal funders and voters. David Blackmon, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Hungary’s overt effort to boost birth rates while curtailing immigration is an extraordinary experiment in demographic policy, and one with enormous political ramifications. Lyman R. Stone, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 An overt effort to connect them to resources that are available is really important. Ko Lyn Cheang, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Sep. 2021 Under most circumstances, children acquire their native language with little overt effort. Grace Neveu, Discover Magazine, 25 July 2020 While the law applies to all overt signs of religion, French Muslims widely regard it as targeting them. Time, 14 Dec. 2022 The overt romanticism of it, and the delightful Frenchness of it, has never quite translated. The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overt was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Overt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overt. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: open to view : not secret
overt hostility
overtly adverb
overtness noun

Medical Definition


ō-ˈvərt, ˈō-ˌvərt also ˈō-vərt
: open to view : readily perceived
overt behavior
overtly adverb

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