overt

adjective \ ō-ˈvərt , ˈō-(ˌ)vərt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overt

: open to view : manifest
  • overt hostility
  • overt symptoms of the disease
  • overt discrimination
  • both overt and covert military action

overtly

adverb

overtness

noun

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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


OVERT Defined for English Language Learners

overt

adjective

Definition of overt for English Language Learners

  • : easily seen : not secret or hidden


OVERT Defined for Kids

overt

adjective \ ō-ˈvərt , ˈō-vərt \

Definition of overt for Students

: not secret or hidden overt hostility

Medical Dictionary

overt

adjective \ ō-ˈvərt, ˈō-ˌvərt also ˈō-vərt \

medical Definition of overt

: open to view : readily perceived
  • overt behavior

overtly

adverb


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