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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Open and observable; not hidden, concealed, or secret: overt hostility; overt intelligence gathering.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being military or intelligence operations sanctioned or mandated by Congress: overt aid to the rebels.

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  • adj. Open and not secret nor concealed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Open to view; public; apparent; manifest. Opposite of hidden.
  • adj. Not covert; open; public; manifest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Open; yielding easy passage.
  • Plain to the view; apparent; not covert; open; manifest.
  • In heraldry: Having the wings spread: said of a bird. The wings are represented with the points downward unless blazoned as overt elevated.
  • Open: said of anything that is commonly shut: as, a purse overt.

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

  • adj. open and observable; not secret or hidden

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, past participle of ovrir, to open, from Vulgar Latin *ōperīre, alteration (influenced by Latin cōperīre, to cover) of Latin aperīre.

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From Old French overt ("open") (modern French ouvert).

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