\ 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

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She was criticized for its overt sexuality, which included scenes of her writhing around in a wedding dress. Chloe Melas, CNN, "Madonna releases incredibly jarring 'Dark Ballet' video inspired by Joan of Arc," 7 June 2019 There were tabloid stories, Instagram posts, and overt song lyrics that gave the public so much information to analyze. Glamour, "Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn's Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 20 Mar. 2019 The claim does fit a pattern with Trump, though, in which those around him feel pressure — whether overt or not — to flatter him in the most glowing and hyperbolic terms possible. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Brett Kavanaugh’s first claim as a Supreme Court nominee was bizarre," 10 July 2018 In the wiretapped conversation, the man was advocating for a return to that bloody time of overt intimidation of authorities and citizens alike. Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times, "The Mafia Reporter With a Police Escort (and the 200 Journalists Like Him)," 20 May 2018 Doctors must be viewed as healers, not as enablers and practitioners of eugenics and, more specifically, of overt racial discrimination, gender discrimination, and disability discrimination. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "Judge cautions lawyers to watch language in abortion case," 25 Mar. 2019 Schur’s unshakable respect and affection for his various characters occasionally gets misinterpreted as some kind of overt or performative diversity. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "What Michael Schur Gets Right About Love That Everyone Else Gets Wrong," 20 May 2018 But the sexism isn’t just overt in how the press talks about these women. Melanie Hamlett, Glamour, "America Loves a Loser (As Long As He's White and Male)," 17 Apr. 2019 Microsoft promoted its Books tab simply through the Store app, without any overt marketing of its contents or any deals within—unfortunately, a somewhat typical Microsoft failing. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft has closed its e-bookstore, and everything you purchased will vanish in July," 2 Apr. 2019

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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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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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