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[oh-vurt, oh-vurt] /oʊˈvɜrt, ˈoʊ vɜrt/
open to view or knowledge; not concealed or secret:
overt hostility.
Heraldry. (of a device, as a purse) represented as open:
a purse overt.
Origin of overt
1275-1325; Middle English < Old French, past participle of ouvrir to open < Vulgar Latin *ōperīre, for Latin aperīre
Related forms
unovert, adjective
Can be confused
covert, overt.
1. plain, manifest, apparent, public.
1. private, concealed. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for overt
  • Rather, it was a blend of covert and overt, public policy and secret alliances.
  • In those early years, brokers and merchants refused to buy war rugs with overt designs for fear they would put off buyers.
  • But as in a pitcher's duel in baseball, the subtleties of play are not perceived by casual spectators, who prefer overt action.
  • The class met three times a week, and her presence was not unnoticed, yet he showed no overt romantic interest in her.
  • Married since 2005, they have never experienced overt prejudice, she says.
  • If universities are to become corporations, then why not now have them merge (make it explicit, overt) say what it is.
  • Scenario #2 is trickier because it sounds like the students aren't doing anything quite overt enough to be called out on it.
  • Morrison is fearlessly overt and at times archaic with his literary allusions.
  • Other millipedes are known for their more overt chemical defenses-for example, emitting noxious compounds when disturbed.
  • The overt tensions in the south mostly are gone now.
British Dictionary definitions for overt


/ˈəʊvɜːt; əʊˈvɜːt/
open to view; observable
(law) open; deliberate. Criminal intent may be inferred from an overt act
Derived Forms
overtly, adverb
overtness, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French, from ovrir to open, from Latin aperīre
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Word Origin and History for overt

early 14c., "open to view," from Old French overt (Modern French ouvert), past participle of ovrir "to open," from Latin aperire "to open, uncover," from PIE *ap-wer-yo- from *ap- "off, away" + base *wer- "to cover" (see weir). Cf. Latin operire "to cover," from the same root with PIE prefix *op- "over;" and Lithuanian atveriu "open," uzveriu "shut."

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