Overt means open and done in plain sight. An overt demand for an increase in your allowance probably won't work; instead, try praising your parents' generosity and dropping hints about how high prices are these days.

If you speak French, remember that overt is the same as the French ouvert "open." If you don't speak French, give up all hope of ever learning this word. Just kidding — forgive the overt attempt at humor. English speakers, here's your trick for remembering the difference between overt and covert: overt = "open"; covert = "covered."

Definitions of overt
  1. adjective
    open and observable; not secret or hidden
    “an overt lie”
    overt hostility”
    overt intelligence gathering”
    synonyms: open
    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
    plain to see
    obvious to the eye
    not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole
    not concealed or hidden
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    secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed
    implicit, inexplicit
    implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something
    backstair, backstairs, furtive
    secret and sly or sordid
    (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
    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
    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
    hidden on any grounds for any motive
    invisible, unseeable
    impossible or nearly impossible to see; imperceptible by the eye
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