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overt Syllabification: o·vert
Pronunciation: /ōˈvərt/

Definition of overt in English:


Done or shown openly; plainly or readily apparent, not secret or hidden: an overt act of aggression in untreated cases, overt psychosis may occur
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • We believe that a more rational approach requires the reorganisation or overt restriction of services.
  • The only exclusion criterion was overt signs of vitamin A deficiency, which was not present in any child.


Example sentences
  • Pundits are in awe of how overtly political she is - and they assume that her overtness is a sign of her excellence.
  • There was something awakening inside me at this overtness, and that's why women in my paintings are overt.
  • Transparency of word, overtness of execution - these are American characteristics.


Middle English: from Old French, past participle of ovrir 'to open', from Latin aperire.

Words that rhyme with overt

advert, alert, animadvert, assert, avert, Bert, blurt, Burt, cert, chert, concert, controvert, convert, curt, desert, dessert, dirt, divert, exert, flirt, girt, hurt, inert, insert, introvert, Kurt, malapert, pert, quirt, shirt, skirt, spirt, spurt, squirt, Sturt, subvert, vert, wort, yurt
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