[ oh-vurt, oh-vurt ]
/ oʊˈvɜrt, ˈoʊ vɜrt /


open to view or knowledge; not concealed or secret: overt hostility.
Heraldry. (of a device, as a purse) represented as open: a purse overt.

Origin of overt

1275–1325; Middle English < Old French, past participle of ouvrir to open < Vulgar Latin *ōperīre, for Latin aperīre

Related forms

un·o·vert, adjective

Can be confused

covert overt
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British Dictionary definitions for overt


/ (ˈəʊvɜːt, əʊˈvɜːt) /


open to view; observable
law open; deliberate. Criminal intent may be inferred from an overt act

Derived Forms

overtly, adverbovertness, noun

Word Origin for overt

C14: via Old French, from ovrir to open, from Latin aperīre
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