\ 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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Henriquez is making more-overt ventures into the political sphere, too. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "This 19-year-old wants to become the D.C. Council’s first Latino member," 10 Aug. 2019 Nixon appointed Arthur Burns to run the Fed during his first term and then sought to control Fed policy through both overt and sleazy means. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Judy Shelton’s potential nomination to a Federal Reserve Board seat, explained," 5 June 2019 For Gowhar Geelani, a political commentator, the situation in Kashmir now goes beyond any overt expression of the discontent. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "After three weeks of lockdown, this is what Kashmir looks like," 22 Aug. 2019 Making overt threats of violence (spoken, written, pictures, videos, gestures (aggressive body language or hand gestures). Nicole Hockley, Quartz, "Four out of five mass shooters give you the power to stop them," 9 Aug. 2019 Although the syringes had no overt signs of tampering…analysis showed that the narcotic solutions [in them] had been diluted. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "A Nurse Stole Cancer Patients' Opioids and Diluted Them With Tap Water, Leading to Rare Infection," 8 Aug. 2019 The rope is an overt nod to the racist practices produced by restrictive housing covenants and redlining. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "See how a Seattle artist is telling the painful story of redlining in his city," 8 Aug. 2019 With its overt depiction of a young, naked model, the drawing is emblematic of the thornier aspects of Schiele’s legacy. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Drawing Found in Thrift Store Turns Out to Be an Original Egon Schiele," 26 July 2019 The overt lack of media representation fuels the divide. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "The Importance of Photographing Women in Sports," 26 June 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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