V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


adjective, noun

Definition: (adj.) hidden and secretive; (n.) a covering that conceals or shelters something

Synonyms: (adj.) clandestine, surreptitious, hidden, concealed, veiled, undercover, (n.) covering, shelter

Antonyms: (adj.) forthright, open, public

Tips: Covert is sometimes heard in the terms, "covert funding" or "covert military operations." It originates from Middle French, from the past participle of covrir, "to cover." This is a good word to use when accusing someone of trying to hide their actions.

Usage Examples:

Of late, there have been quite a few major corporate CEOs accused of covert dealings and embezzlement. (clandestine, concealed) adjective

The Navy Seals are highly trained in covert military operations. (undercover, hidden) adjective

I tried to be covert when leaving the party so that I wouldn't get dragged back to the dance floor. (clandestine, surreptitious) adjective

They were so covert in the planning of the surprise party, that I was truly shocked when I walked through the door and saw all my friends. (clandestine, surreptitious) adjective

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