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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)

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.

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."