Definition of "overt" []

  • Open and observable; not hidden, concealed, or secret: overt hostility; overt intelligence gathering. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or being military or intelligence operations sanctioned or mandated by Congress: overt aid to the rebels. (adjective)
  • Open to view; observable (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Open; deliberate. Criminal intent may be inferred from an overt act (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "overt" in a sentence
  • "Seeking protection against what he called the overt and covert attempts and 'partisan and biased approach' of the petroleum ministry to intervene in a commercial dispute with RIL, Anil wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offering to meet and explain the issues."
  • "This is certainly in overt conflict with what the White House wants all Federal agencies to be doing so as to be "transparent" and "open"."
  • "This is serious big interest, private equity and financiers using their new boy for the first time in overt action."