overt Definition

done or shown openly; plainly or readily apparent, not secret or hidden.

Using overt: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "overt" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company's overt goal is to increase profits.

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    He made an overt attempt to get her attention.

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    The government's overt actions were criticized by the opposition.

  • Example

    She showed no overt signs of stress.

overt Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with overt

  • open and direct antagonism or aggression towards someone or something


    The two countries have a history of overt hostility towards each other.

  • discrimination that is open and explicit, rather than hidden or indirect


    The law prohibits overt discrimination on the basis of race, gender, or religion.

  • an action that is open and visible, rather than hidden or secret


    The suspect was arrested for his overt involvement in the crime.

Origins of overt

from Old French 'overt', meaning 'open'


Summary: overt in Brief

'Overt' [ˈəʊvət] means something that is done or shown openly, without any attempt to hide it. It is often used to describe actions, behaviors, or attitudes that are easily noticeable or apparent. Examples include 'The company's overt goal is to increase profits,' and 'She showed no overt signs of stress.' The term also extends into phrases like 'overt hostility' and 'overt discrimination,' which denote open and direct antagonism or discrimination.