Definition of covert in English:


Line breaks: cov¦ert


Pronunciation: /ˈkʌvət
, ˈkəʊvəːt


Pronunciation: /ˈkʌvət
, ˈkʌvə
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  • 1A thicket in which game can hide.
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    • 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 A feather covering the base of a main flight or tail feather of a bird.
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    • 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.



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  • A fishing boat crew from Fleetwood in England was accidentally exposed during testing and then covertly monitored.
  • At Cairo University, police were relaxed, if not covertly friendly.
  • They say they never covertly sleep with each other's boyfriends.


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  • 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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