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English adjective: covert

1. covert secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

SamplesCovert actions by the CIA.
Covert funding for the rebels.

Similarbackstair, backstairs, behind-the-scenes, black, clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, cloaked, collusive, conniving, disguised, furtive, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, masked, secret, secret, secret, sub-rosa, subterranean, subterraneous, surreptitious, ulterior, under wraps, under-the-table, undercover, underground, undisclosed, unrevealed

See alsoconcealed, implicit, inexplicit, invisible, unseeable

Antonymsovert, open

2. covert (of a wife) being under the protection of her husband

SamplesA woman covert.


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law


English noun: covert

1. covert (group) a flock of coots

Broader (hypernym)flock

Member holonymcoot

2. covert (artifact) a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something

SamplesA screen of trees afforded privacy.
Under cover of darkness.
The brush provided a covert for game.
The simplest concealment is to match perfectly the color of the background.

Synonymsconcealment, cover, screen

Broader (hypernym)covering

Narrower (hyponym)blind, camouflage, shoji, stalking-horse

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