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overt intelligence gathering
  open and observable; not secret or hidden
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overtly overt
Strongly Associated with:   covert
Overt is often contrasted with covert.
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  • overt intelligence gathering
  • overt hostility
  • It’s not the overt bullying that does it, either.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • He jumped to his feet and held his Transvice at the ready, without overtly showing it as a threat.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order

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  • I remember the not-just-implied but overtly stated connection between Mia’s "tragedy" and her "otherworldly" playing.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Gabby, the woman who’d falsely accused him, consistently avoided him, overtly antagonized him, and then made a point of repeatedly mentioning that she was in love with someone else.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The male appeared to be enduring this overt display of affection, rather than enjoying it.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • It was never said overtly, but . we all had a sense something big was coming, and we’ve been drilled on what to do."
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Obviously, I think, Les simply and with logic does not wish to have anything of an overt nature take place in a taxicab.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And while Akbar’s religion had not become an overt issue during the campaign, it was certainly on the minds of at least some of the voters.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United

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  • Cheryl’s drug problem had become more consuming and overt.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • There was no overt or subtle condemnation.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The ruling groups were always infected to some extent by liberal ideas, and were content to leave loose ends everywhere, to regard only the overt act and to be uninterested in what their subjects were thinking.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • To vouch this is no proof; Without more wider and more overt test Than these thin habits and poor likelihoods Of modern seeming do prefer against him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • EB: But that’s part of it, isn’t it? I flip through my notes and mention a few of the overtly erotic poems—"Thorns,"
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • To all of them, adult women were threatening creatures, and in two cases there was overt sexual perversion.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Snape had disliked all of their previous Dark Arts teachers, and shown it — but he seemed strangely wary of displaying overt animosity to Mad-Eye Moody.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • There was nothing overtly hostile in his demeanor, and yet everything about him implied a clear threat.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • The present itself was not overtly threatening.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • An overt move by any of us would at once have brought trouble on the rest.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • The Mud People have committed an overtly hostile act.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Most of the time (although I do not choose as I once did to deny the violence of my days by ignoring it) I am not so overtly violent.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • It wasn’t always overt, but he couldn’t deny the change in his platoon members’ attitude toward him.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • In such an overtly, stereotypically male narrative, I thought that straightforward chronology would be more suitable than the kind of play with sequence and time I had employed in my previous novels.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Come on overt We huddled around his fire.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • Without one overt act of hostility, one upbraiding word, he contrived to impress me momently with the conviction that I was put beyond the pale of his favour.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • At no time as the conversation continued did either of them show any overt signs of hostility.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Good whites—not the type that is overtly bigoted— urged us to "work, study, lift ourselves up by our bootstraps."
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • They did not mean for it to say too much overtly, and at the same time they wished for it to say everything.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • They stopped just short of something overt that would require notice.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Her mother never said anything overtly, but the message came through anyway: the price she had begun to pay (and maybe always would) for the reconciliation was the feeling that she was an inadequate mother.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • The painting quite overtly portrays our forefathers receiving great wisdom from the gods.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • I wouldn’t be faced with physical attack, or with overt shows of hatred.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • White Fang pricked his ears and investigated it suspiciously, managing to look at the same time both at the meat and the god, alert for any overt act, his body tense and ready to spring away at the first sign of hostility.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Once that happens, our reading of the text changes from the reading governed by what’s overtly on the page.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • But in natural justice is nothing but the prisoner’s overt act to be considered?
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • In seminary he had been taught that God had completely stopped any overt communication with moderns, preferring to have them only listen to and follow sacred Scripture, properly interpreted, of course.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Her growl was not overtly threatening, but it captured everyone’s attention and proclaimed her impatience with the proceedings.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The clear proof of one overt deed was the cold breath needed to convert the lowering clouds of suspicion into a rain of wrath.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • But Pittman never overtly made such a claim herself; indeed, she emphasized in an article for Men’s Journal that she wanted Breashears, Lowe, Swenson, and Blanchard "to understand that I didn’t confuse my avid-hobbyist abilities with their world- class skill."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He was oddly, suddenly conscious of the fact that she wasn’t very dressed, so he held back from putting a hand on her shoulder or doing anything else overtly soothing.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • He did not know where to seek it or how, but a premonition which led him on told him that this image would, without any overt act of his, encounter him.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Her emblazoned fault was to be too pronounced in her objections, and not sufficiently overt in her likings.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The PAC often refused to participate in meetings that had no overt party affiliation.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • I can’t believe I actually defied Daddy in such an overt manner.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • If so, they’ve achieved complete strategic surprise and are now throwing it away by operating so overtly that we cannot fail to notice or react forcefully.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • In the nouvelle diplomatic overt simplicity has become both a cover and a tool.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • There was no such revulsion now; with one overt action she had crossed over into another territory.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • if they could put a man in prison for six years because of his thoughts, how severely would they punish an overt act?
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Non— hibakusha employers developed a prejudice against the survivors as word got around that they were prone to all sorts of ailments, and that even those, like Nakamura-san, who were not cruelly maimed and had not developed any serious overt symptoms were unreliable workers, since most of them seemed to suffer, as she did, from the mysterious but real malaise that came to be known as one kind of asting A-bomb sickness: a nagging weakness and weariness, dizziness now and then,
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
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