Definition of overt in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvət//əʊˈvəːt/


  • Done or shown openly; plainly apparent.

    ‘an overt act of aggression’
    ‘people with HIV progressing to overt AIDS’
    • ‘Aside from trade sanctions and other non-military acts has been this overt invasion of sovereignty.’
    • ‘We believe that a more rational approach requires the reorganisation or overt restriction of services.’
    • ‘Sometimes a stab is an overt piece of aggression visible for all to see, but there are more subtle ways of achieving the same aims.’
    • ‘Surely it can't have been a conspiracy because it was completely open and overt?’
    • ‘When people are fearful they look to any overt power to act for them but we must remember that we can act for ourselves.’
    • ‘The only exclusion criterion was overt signs of vitamin A deficiency, which was not present in any child.’
    • ‘It's not an act of overt hostility like copy-control, but it's still a bit of a con.’
    • ‘In fact, politicians hide their inadequacies behind the interviewer's overt aggression.’
    • ‘Intention is not capable of positive proof, and, accordingly, it is inferred from the overt acts.’
    • ‘Prompt treatment within the first 10 days prevents overt coronary damage in most cases.’
    • ‘The question still remained whether treating pressure in overt disease prevents progression.’
    • ‘The End Room was the scene of my most overt act of schoolday rebellion, when I threw a chair at the teacher.’
    • ‘Any overt public criticism or disparaging remarks can result in a loss of face and cause extreme embarrassment.’
    • ‘The submission of the individual to the authority of the group and its representatives is also an overt element.’
    • ‘That he avoided overt references to modernity was something the public, shy of change, appreciated.’
    • ‘Clinical examination of the wisdom teeth and the x-ray did not show any overt pathology.’
    • ‘Once there is more than one overt act, there is a range of possibilities for sentencing.’
    • ‘There was no overt political message because there was no apparent legal validation.’
    • ‘These stories rarely take the form of something blatantly heinous like overt racism.’
    • ‘It is Archie's first overt act of rebellion against his father, and as such a threshold event in his life.’
    undisguised, unconcealed, plain to see, plainly seen, plain, clear, apparent, conspicuous, unmistakable, obvious, noticeable, observable, visible, manifest, patent, open, public, above board
    blatant, glaring, shameless, brazen
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Middle English: from Old French, past participle of ovrir to open, from Latin aperire.