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covert Syllabification: co·vert

Definition of covert in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈkōvərt/
1Not openly acknowledged or displayed: covert operations against the dictatorship
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  • It may include dramatic strikes visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success.
  • This seems to have been the thinking behind the reported covert operation to eliminate the leader in the mid-1990s.
  • It's all about covert operations and leaving as little evidence and traces as possible.
2 Law (Of a woman) married and under the authority and protection of her husband.


Pronunciation: /ˈkəvər(t)/
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1A thicket in which game can hide.
Example sentences
  • I couldn't help but admire the beautifully laid out game crops and newly-planted coverts.
  • So hunts moved into direct land management, buying and planting small pieces of rough scrub as coverts.
  • Landowners who did not hunt were still expected to plant and maintain gorse coverts.
2 Ornithology Any of the feathers covering the bases of the main flight or tail feathers of a bird.
Example sentences
  • The flight feathers are black, and the upper tail coverts and rump area are cobalt blue.
  • The name of these birds comes from the vivid red coloring of the wing coverts.
  • The bird was black above with a white eyebrow and limited white on the wing coverts.


Example sentences
  • It will be an action which would use our strengths, which are intelligence, covertness, the ability to strike quickly and surgically.
  • At one time, journalistic ethics did not admit of such covertness.
  • ‘This is kind of weird meeting like this,’ I said as I looked around the room referring to the covertness.


Middle English (in the general senses 'covered' and 'a cover'): from Old French, 'covered', past participle of covrir (see cover).

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