overt

adjective
\ 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

overtly adverb
overtness noun

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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 Though there is no overt ideological alignment between Russia and China today, the two governments share a hostility to dissent, deep suspicion of Western interference and a strong desire to impose tighter controls over their own societies. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The New Beijing-Moscow Axis," 1 Feb. 2019 This performance, in many ways, is perhaps the most overt nod either of them has made to their engagement. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Ariana Grande's First Performance of 'Thank U, Next' Is Clearly a Nod to Pete Davidson," 7 Nov. 2018 This is why the Republican Party’s most overt enthno-nationlists (i.e. Congressman Steve King and White House policy adviser Stephen Miller) are so eager to slash legal inflows. Eric Leivtz, Daily Intelligencer, "For Democrats, Immigration Is a Political Problem Without a Policy Solution," 2 July 2018 Though overt proselytizing at the parliament is frowned upon, traditionalists nonetheless have an important role in shaping this different and more diffuse religious future. Gordon Mehler, WSJ, "Common Ground for a Wiccan and a Rabbi?," 1 Nov. 2018 Sometimes discrimination is overt, such as job ads that explicitly request an age range. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, The Seattle Times, "Overqualified? Or too old? Age-discrimination case takes aim at biased recruiting practices," 8 Oct. 2018 The overt fat shaming is indeed incredibly harmful, as Lovato points out, and the categorization of women in this way is deeply reductive. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Demi Lovato Calls Out Horrifying Fat-Shaming Ad on Instagram," 4 Jan. 2019 Doctors and hospital officials said that hospitals make the goals clear in ways both subtle and overt. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "The Hidden System That Explains How Your Doctor Makes Referrals," 27 Dec. 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 How to pronounce overt (audio) , 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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