\ 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

Examples of overt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Think of them as a counter to the overt sexiness of the midriff trend; a subtler way to emphasize the female form. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 11 Oct. 2021 Put another way 53 years represents only 13% of the total time (since 1619), so for Black and Brown people life in America without this overt discrimination/subjugation has been quite a new phenomenon. Dana Brownlee, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 The Lee statue was placed in Richmond — which served as the Confederacy’s capital city — in 1890, preceding a nationwide surge of Confederate monument-building in the early 20th century, especially in states gripped by overt racial segregation. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 About half of the film consists of summarizing socialism’s track record as an overt political ideology in America and looking back at various organized protest movements and specific candidates for public office. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 DaCosta uses the layering of Candyman to highlight injustice that is both overt and clandestine. Tanya Christian, Glamour, 27 Aug. 2021 Other fund recipients in the Bay Area have used the money for more overt political and organizing purposes. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Aug. 2021 In five others, mostly cases in which the defendant aided in a crime but did not commit an overt violent offense, prosecutors agreed to let the case move to juvenile court. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2021 Davis explained to Haggis that the church avoids taking overt political stands. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overt. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overt

: easily seen : not secret or hidden : obvious


\ 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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