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COVERT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does covert mean? 

COVERT (noun)
  The noun COVERT has 2 senses:

1. a flock of coots
2. a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something

  Familiarity information: COVERT used as a noun is rare.


COVERT (adjective)
  The adjective COVERT has 2 senses:

1. secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed
2. (of a wife) being under the protection of her husband

  Familiarity information: COVERT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


COVERT (noun)


Sense 1covert [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A flock of coots

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("covert" is a kind of...):

flock (a group of birds)

Meronyms (members of "covert"):

coot (slate-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling ducks)


Sense 2covert [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A covering that serves to conceal or shelter something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

cover; concealment; covert; screen

Context examples:

they crouched behind the screen / under cover of darkness

Hypernyms ("covert" is a kind of...):

covering (an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "covert"):

blind (a hiding place sometimes used by hunters (especially duck hunters))

camouflage (device or stratagem for concealment or deceit)

shoji (a translucent screen made of a wooden frame covered with rice paper)

stalking-horse (screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game)


COVERT (adjective)


Sense 1covert [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

Context examples:

covert actions by the CIA / covert funding for the rebels

Similar:

undisclosed; unrevealed (not made known)

under wraps (kept secret)

subterranean; subterraneous; ulterior (lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed))

behind-the-scenes; sub-rosa; under-the-table (designed and carried out secretly or confidentially)

secret (communicated covertly)

cloaked; disguised; masked (having its true character concealed with the intent of misleading)

collusive; conniving (acting together in secret toward a fraudulent or illegal end)

secret (indulging only covertly)

clandestine; cloak-and-dagger; hole-and-corner; hugger-mugger; hush-hush; secret; surreptitious; undercover; underground (conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods)

black ((of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading)

backstair; backstairs; furtive (secret and sly or sordid)

Also:

invisible; unseeable (impossible or nearly impossible to see; imperceptible by the eye)

concealed (hidden on any grounds for any motive)

implicit; inexplicit (implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something)

Antonym:

overt (open and observable; not secret or hidden)


Sense 2covert [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of a wife) being under the protection of her husband

Context example:

a woman covert

Similar:

protected; secure (kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


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