\ 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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Trump’s tilt against open trade and overt embrace of protectionist rhetoric and policy has led to widespread speculation that the parties might realign on trade, with Democrats becoming a free-trade party and Republicans becoming protectionists. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Elizabeth Warren wants to outflank Trump on trade," 29 Nov. 2018 Like the racial debate of the 1960s, the fight over whether transgendered people should have access to public toilets has been loud and overt. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "America's problems with race start (but don't end) at your Starbucks bathroom," 19 Apr. 2018 We’re told in ways both overt and subtle that emotional labor is our birthright. Gemma Hartley, Quartz, "This is the real reason women are “control freaks”," 18 June 2019 No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Michael Flynn’s judge suggested he might be guilty of treason. He’s not.," 18 Dec. 2018 The overt political action came when more than 600 employees at Facebook collectively pitched a temper tantrum. WSJ, "Facebook’s Orwellian Groupthink Triumphs," 12 Oct. 2018 This is one of the first overt acts the Russians take as part of what American intelligence officials come to believe is an attempt to influence the results of the 2016 election. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "A complete timeline of the events behind the memo that threatens to rip D.C. in two," 2 Feb. 2018 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

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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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