\ ō-ˈvərt How to pronounce overt (audio) , ˈō-(ˌ)vərt How to pronounce overt (audio) \

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

overtness noun

Examples of overt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the key groups that pressured Arizona to end its COVID-19 lockdowns has planned its first overt political rally for Saturday at the state Capitol, hoping to turn the passion fueled by the shutdown into votes for certain Republican candidates. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, "Group that pushed Arizona to reopen businesses shifts to start supporting Republican candidates," 10 Oct. 2020 For some, a challenging wine is one with a particularly overt flavor profile; for others, it’s a wine made from an unknown grape or in an unfamiliar country or region. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "5 Intimidating Wines That Are Actually Easy to Love," 8 Oct. 2020 This particular incident, Elmi added, was especially overt. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "Viral video of confrontation in a Minneapolis gym changed lives, perspectives," 20 Sep. 2020 Among them now are a mix of both overt and more subtle mentions of QAnon. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "QAnon Is Using the Anti-Trafficking Movement’s Conspiracy Playbook," 19 Aug. 2020 But Strevens thinks that the iron rule is often more important than overt correction. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "How Does Science Really Work?," 28 Sep. 2020 The directive indicates that the Chinese leader wants to take more overt measures to spell out the importance of the Communist Party's philosophies. Laura He, CNN, "Xi Jinping wants China's private companies to fight alongside the Communist Party," 22 Sep. 2020 In his post confirming Korra and Asami’s relationship, LOK co-creator Bryan Konietzko also confirmed suspicions that parent network Nickelodeon prevented something more overt. Madison Dong, Washington Post, "How ‘The Legend of Korra’ changed the landscape of queer representation in animated shows," 16 Sep. 2020 While respiratory problems may be the most overt response to smoke inhalation, others are less obvious. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "How breathing in wildfire smoke affects the body," 15 Sep. 2020

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

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16 Oct 2020

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“Overt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overt. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce overt (audio) How to pronounce overt (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of overt

: easily seen : not secret or hidden


\ ō-ˈvərt How to pronounce overt (audio) , ˈō-vərt \

Kids Definition of overt

: not secret or hidden overt hostility


\ 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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