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English noun: overture

1. overture (communication) orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio

Broader (hypernym)music

2. overture (event) something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows

SamplesTraining is a necessary preliminary to employment.
Drinks were the overture to dinner.

Synonymspreliminary, prelude

Broader (hypernym)inception, origin, origination

3. overture (communication) a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

SamplesShe rejected his advances.

Synonymsadvance, approach, feeler

Broader (hypernym)proffer, proposition, suggestion

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