open to view or knowledge; not concealed or secret: overt hostility.
Heraldry. (of a device, as a purse) represented as open: a purse overt.
- un·o·vert, adjective
- covert, overt
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How to use overt in a sentence
There are a couple of Gideon lines that were just too overt.How Gideon the Ninth author Tamsyn Muir queers the space opera | Constance Grady | February 5, 2021 | Vox
Those who reflect her overt racism, her unhinged conspiracy thinking and her endorsement of violence against public figures are now treated as a serious political constituency within the Republican Party.
However, in a fictional world of horrors, overt expression of your emotions—even screaming your lungs out—is expected.Why Horror Films Are More Popular Than Ever - Issue 95: Escape | Coltan Scrivner | January 14, 2021 | Nautilus
That improvement, an overt win for DEI, also translates into real dollars for organizations.Better use of technology can help us close racial and gender gaps at work | matthewheimer | January 6, 2021 | Fortune
Although a project 16 years in the past, the aftermath of “Battle for Middle-earth” made overt what happened behind-the-scenes as the video game industry grew from small teams to major productions involving hundreds.‘Battle for Middle-earth’ exposed the stresses of game development. They haven’t gone away. | Matt Paprocki | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
The dress bizarrely burdened Hurley with a ready-made character to play up to, which she did without overt complaint.Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress | Tim Teeman | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Poverty, alienation, estrangement, continuously aggravated by racism, overt and institutional.‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson | Cory Booker | November 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They may now also raise unlimited amounts of money to fund such overt political messages.
Black-white relations had signifiers other than the overt events of the civil rights movement.
Instead, the film focuses specifically on Hayward and her family, stripped of overt political messages or loaded debates.Thank God! To the Church, This Transgender Woman Is Just a Skank | Emily Shire | October 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet how came it that even a low-caste mongrel of a Lascar should offer such an overt insult to a Brahmin!The Red Year | Louis Tracy
In the first place, one element of public-house talk—the overt or sly indecency—is left out.The Chequers | James Runciman
There is, of course, no overt novelty in the theory advanced by Bronson Howard in his address.The Autobiography of a Play | Bronson Howard
The inexorable unwritten law which forbids overt scandal sentenced me.The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
Unlike the others, there is nothing hasty or overt in his plans.The Penal Cluster | Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
British Dictionary definitions for overt
open to view; observable
law open; deliberate. Criminal intent may be inferred from an overt act
- overtly, adverb
- overtness, noun