Definitions

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  • adv. In a covert manner, secretly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Secretly; in private; insidiously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Secretly; closely; in private; insidiously.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a covert manner

Etymologies

covert +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We could all begin covertly wiretapping each other.

    Balkinization

  • He slowed further, eyeing the labels covertly: DA-DE.

    Dance Of Death

  • They question why the military didn't resort to alternative methods, such as covertly sabotaging the ships 'motors, as it did with Lebanese boats carrying weapons shipments in the 1980s, or allowing the aid ships to quietly land in Gaza, as previous Israeli governments have done.

    In Israel and Abroad, Raid Spurs Criticism of Military's Judgment

  • We had to "covertly" look for information that the inspectors were supposed to be documenting and reporting to the Security Council??

    In New Letter, Clinton's Lawyers Demand ABC Yank Film

  • O'BRIEN: Alright, somebody going in there kind of covertly before the helicopters go in, so to speak.

    CNN Transcript Mar 29, 2003

  • At this point, rather 'covertly' every single head would turn to the angle of attack and the sound of knives and forks clinking would die down a little until she'd made her way through 'the gauntlet'.

    Army Rumour Service

  • The Syrian diplomatic gambit, intermittently pursued 'covertly' by Israel, and now taken up by its US protégé, Secretary Clinton, has thus far failed - because of Israel's unwillingness to make any territorial concessions in the face of its colonial settlers 'political power and its inability to open Western trade and investment opportunities.

    Countercurrents.org

  • Most racist Britons are "covertly" racist, i.e. there are no signs in Hotel windows saying "no dogs, no blacks, no Irish" anymore.

    THIS IS NOT MY COUNTRY

  • Mr McArdle attacked the Commonwealth Bank for "covertly" selling down his stock without notifying him or giving him a chance to address the problem.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • On October 18, 2001, only five weeks after the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the CIA circulated a particularly alarming intelligence SEIB raising the specter that Iraq was attempting to covertly uranium from the African nation of Niger to build an atomic weapon.

    Murray Waas: Fitzgerald Court Papers: Bush Was Briefed on Joe Wilson

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