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Definition done in a secret or hidden way

Much more rarely, covert is used as a noun to describe a hidden or sheltered place.
  • covert intelligence gathering
  • covert funding for the rebels
  • [looks at him with covert scorn.]
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • covert = hidden
  • ...last night, when Hanna, Sean, Mona, and a bunch of other kids were hanging out in Jim Freed's cedar hot tub, covertly drinking Coronas, Sean had taken All-American Boy Scout up a notch.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • covertly = secretly
  • As we sat at the table, Otto Fuchs and I kept stealing covert glances at each other.
    Cather, Willa  --  My Antonia
  • How covert matters may be best disclosed,
    Shakespeare, William  --  Julius Caesar
  • A covert glance at her face, as he walked beside her, showed him that she had not expected his ready assent to that proposition.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Our Mutual Friend
  • Anne understood this covert reproach and was more moved than irritated by it.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Twenty Years After
  • And stole into the covert of the wood.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • It seemed a rustling covert leading to enchanted glades.
    Wharton, Edith  --  Ethan Frome
  • Jace was studying the menu, which gave Clary the opportunity to covertly study him.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • 40:21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
    The Bible  --  Job
  • He was a veritable existential identity crisis, a male stripper with more aliases than a covert CIA agent.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • Oh, she could stand the cuts, the slights, the covert smiles, anything the town might say, if she had to stand them—but not Melanie!
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The waiting at the covert side-then they sound the tally-ho, do they not?
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • There they lay for a while, too tired yet to eat; and peering out through the holes in the covert they watched for the slow growth of day.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • He leaned from his covert and peered over the rim.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Survival is a continuous negotiation, as you have to barter covertly for every service the government pretends to provide, but actually doesn't.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Then his eye caught the tall, ominous, familiar figure crossing the square, watching him covertly over its shoulder.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • And thither the guide conducted them, careless of whistling partridges and lesser birds of brighter hues roused whirring from the reedy coverts.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur

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