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overture — as in:  played the William Tell Overture

The overture was already being played when they arrived.
orchestral music played as an introduction to a longer piece — especially an opera or oratorio
overture — as in:  he made an overture

She rejected his overture to be more than friends.
a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
overture — as in:  the play’s overture

The idea is introduced in the play’s overture.
any beginning or introduction — such as a written introduction for a play, poem, or other literary work
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