covert

Covert means secret or hidden. Soldiers might take part in a covert mission to infiltrate an enemy camp — and you might take part in a covert mission to steal your brother's leftover Halloween candy.

Covert is the opposite of overt, which means obvious, or in full view. Covert things are hidden, private, or stealthy. It comes from the Old French covert, or "covered." A covert bag of chips you've snuck into the movie theater might literally be covered, hidden under your coat, while a covert plan to throw your dad a surprise party is just a secret.

Primary Meanings of covert

1.
adjn
secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed
a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
2.
adj
(of a wife) being under the protection of her husband
3.
n
a flock of coots
Full Definitions of covert
1

adj secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

covert actions by the CIA”
covert funding for the rebels”
Synonyms:
implicit, inexplicit
implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something
backstair, backstairs, furtive
secret and sly or sordid
black
(of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading
clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, secret, surreptitious, undercover, underground
conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
secret
indulging only covertly
collusive, conniving
acting together in secret toward a fraudulent or illegal end
cloaked, disguised, masked
having its true character concealed with the intent of misleading
secret
communicated covertly
behind-the-scenes, sub-rosa, under-the-table
designed and carried out secretly or confidentially
subterranean, subterraneous, ulterior
lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed)
under wraps
kept secret
undisclosed, unrevealed
not made known
concealed
hidden on any grounds for any motive
invisible, unseeable
impossible or nearly impossible to see; imperceptible by the eye
Antonyms:
open, overt
open and observable; not secret or hidden
explicit, expressed
precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication
bald, barefaced
with no effort to conceal
naked, raw
devoid of elaboration or diminution or concealment; bare and pure
undisguised
plain to see
visible
obvious to the eye
public
not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole
unconcealed
not concealed or hidden
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n a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something

“the brush provided a covert for game”
Synonyms:
concealment, cover, screen
Types:
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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
Type of:
covering
an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
2

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

“a woman covert
Synonyms:
protected
kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss
3

n a flock of coots

Type of:
flock
a group of birds

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