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overture -- as in: he made an overture
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as in: he made an overture Define
a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
  • She rejected his overture to be more than friends.
  • overtures of peace
  • Washington’s overtures to Damascus
  • I hear there is an overture of peace.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well that End’s Well

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  • ...the first overture of a marriage between the families...
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
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as in: played the William Tell Overture Define
orchestral music played as an introduction to a longer piece -- especially an opera or oratorio
as in: he made an overture Define
a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
as in: the play's overture Define
any beginning or introduction -- such as a written introduction for a play, poem, or other literary work
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