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Definitions for covert
ˈkoʊ vərt, ˈkʌv ərt; ˈkʌv ərt, ˈkoʊ vərt; ˈkʌv ərt; oʊˈvɜrt, ˈoʊ vərt; ˈkoʊ vərtcovert

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. covertnoun

    a flock of coots

  2. screen, cover, covert, concealmentadjective

    a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something

    "a 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"

  3. covertadjective

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

    "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"

  4. covertadjective

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

    "a woman covert"


  1. covertnoun

    Area of thick undergrowth where animals hide.

  2. covertnoun

    A feather that covers others

  3. covertadjective

    Hidden, covered over; overgrown, sheltered.

  4. covertadjective

    Secret, surreptitious, concealed.

  5. Etymology: From covert, past participle of covrir (corresponding to coopertus); cognate to cover.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Covertadjective

    Etymology: couvert, French.

    You are, of either side the green, to plant a covert alley, upon carpenter’s work, about twelve foot in height, by which you may go in shade into the garden. Francis Bacon, Essay 47.

    The fox is a beast also very prejudicial to the husbandman, especially in places that are near forest-woods and covert places. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Together let us beat this ample field,
    Try what the open, what the covert yield. Alexander Pope, Essays.

    And let us presently go sit in council,
    How covert matters may be best disclos’d,
    And open perils surest answered. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    By what best way,
    Whether of open war, or covert guile,
    We now debate. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 41.

  2. Covertadjective

    The state of a woman sheltered by marriage under her husband; as covert baron, feme covert.

    Etymology: couvert, French.

    Instead of her being under covert baron, to be under covert feme myself; to have my body disabled, and my head fortified. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

  3. Covertnoun

    Etymology: from cover, couvert, French.

    Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler. Isaiah, xvi. 4.

    There shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day-time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and rain. Is. iv. 6.

    They are by sudden alarm, or watch-word, to be called out to their military motions, under sky or covert, according to the season, as was the Roman wont. John Milton, on Education.

    It was the hour of night, when thus the Son
    Commun’d in silent walk, then laid him down
    Under the hospitable covert nigh
    Of trees thick interwoven. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.

    Now have a care your carnations catch not too much wet, therefore retire them to covert. John Evelyn, Kalendar.

    Tow’rds him I made; but he was ’ware of me,
    And stole into the covert of the wood. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Jul.

    I shall be your faithful guide,
    Through this gloomy covert wide. John Milton.

    Thence to the coverts, and the conscious groves,
    The scenes of his past triumphs and his loves. John Denham.

    Deep into some thick covert would I run,
    Impenetrable to the stars or sun. John Dryden, State of Innocence.

    The deer is lodg’d; I’ve track’d her to her covert:
    Be sure ye mind the word; and when I give it,
    Rush in at once, and seize upon your prey. Joseph Addison, Cato.


  1. covert

    Secrecy is the practice of hiding information from certain individuals or groups who do not have the "need to know", perhaps while sharing it with other individuals. That which is kept hidden is known as the secret. Secrecy is often controversial, depending on the content or nature of the secret, the group or people keeping the secret, and the motivation for secrecy. Secrecy by government entities is often decried as excessive or in promotion of poor operation; excessive revelation of information on individuals can conflict with virtues of privacy and confidentiality. It is often contrasted with social transparency. Secrecy can exist in a number of different ways: encoding or encryption (where mathematical and technical strategies are used to hide messages), true secrecy (where restrictions are put upon those who take part of the message, such as through government security classification) and obfuscation, where secrets are hidden in plain sight behind complex idiosyncratic language (jargon) or steganography. Another classification proposed by Claude Shannon in 1948 reads there are three systems of secrecy within communication: concealment systems, including such methods as invisible ink, concealing a message in an innocent text, or in a fake covering cryptogram, or other methods in which the existence of the message is concealed from the enemy privacy systems, for example, voice inversion, in which special equipment is required to recover the message "true" secrecy systems where the meaning of the message is concealed by the cypher, code, etc., although its existence is not hidden, and the enemy is assumed to have any special equipment necessary to intercept and record the transmitted signal


  1. covert

    Covert refers to something that is not openly acknowledged or displayed, often involving secretive or undercover actions. It is often used in the context of military or political activities, which are kept hidden for various reasons such as privacy, secrecy or confidentiality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Covertverb

    covered over; private; hid; secret; disguised

  2. Covertverb

    sheltered; not open or exposed; retired; protected; as, a covert nook

  3. Covertverb

    under cover, authority or protection; as, a feme covert, a married woman who is considered as being under the protection and control of her husband

  4. Covertadjective

    a place that covers and protects; a shelter; a defense

  5. Covertadjective

    one of the special feathers covering the bases of the quills of the wings and tail of a bird. See Illust. of Bird

  6. Etymology: [OF. See Covert, a.]


  1. Covert

    Covert is a town in Seneca County, New York, USA. The population was 2,227 at the 2000 census. The current Town Supervisor is Michael Reynolds. The Town of Covert is located in the southeast corner of the county and is northwest of Ithaca, New York.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Covert is ranked #4236 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Covert surname appeared 8,369 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Covert.

    91.9% or 7,696 total occurrences were White.
    3.1% or 267 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 196 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 119 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 61 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 30 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of covert in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of covert in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of covert in a Sentence

  1. Ben Sasse:

    Despite the fact that the Government Accountability Office found that they broke federal law by running a covert propaganda campaign to support their sweeping WOTUS (Waters of the United States) rule, the EPA has doubled down on their lawlessness, it’s time for the Department of Justice to investigate.

  2. Bob Corker:

    Every 90 days, the President has to certify to us they're not developing a nuclear weapon, that there is no covert activity occurring, and there is not terrorism being conducted against the U.S. or its allies.

  3. Barbara Coombs Lee:

    Those practices are undercover. They are covert, to the degree that patients are part of the decision-making, it is by winks and nods.

  4. Director David Vigneault:

    These activities ... cross the line by attempting toundermine our democratic processes or threaten our citizens in a covert and clandestine manner.

  5. Peter Neffenger:

    My highest priority is to ensure solutions to the recent covert testing failures.

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