Definition of overt
: open to view : manifest overt hostility overt symptoms of the disease overt discrimination both overt and covert military action
Recent Examples of overt from the Web
There has been no overt opposition to Mr Xi’s amassing of ever-greater power.
The backlash was immediate, with Trump’s female surrogates rushing to defend him from charges of overt sexism.
This level of overt negativity goes against everything Gaga has stood for in her career.
That includes covert, and overt, meddling in elections.
The women told tales of discrimination both overt and subtle.
Nevertheless, Coppola creates a portrait of the repressed, isolated lives of women and girls during wartime — even if the only overt signs of battle here are faraway explosions and the occasional cavalry coming by.
This production's bigger staging decision is to remove any overt adult stereotypical male presence.
For the most part, the bear seems to be staying on the brushy south side of the creek, away from the campground, and hasn't shown overt signs of aggression.
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Origin and Etymology of overt
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from past participle of ovrir to open, from Vulgar Latin *operire, alteration of Latin aperire
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of overt for English Language Learners
: easily seen : not secret or hidden
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Definition of overt for Students
: not secret or hidden overt hostility
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