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Princeton's WordNet

  1. covertlyadverb

    in a covert manner

    "he did it covertly"


  1. covertlyadverb

    In a covert manner, secretly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Covertlyadverb

    Secretly; closely; in private; with privacy.

    Etymology: from covert.

    Yet still Aragnol (so his foe was hight)
    Lay lurking, covertly him to surprise. Edmund Spenser, Muiopotmos.

    How can’st thou cross this marriage?
    —— Not honestly, my lord; but so covertly, that no dishonesty shall appear in me. William Shakespeare, Much ado about Nothing.

    Amongst the poets, Persius covertly strikes at Nero; some of whose verses he recites with scorn and indignation. Dryden.


  1. covertly

    Covertly refers to anything done in a secretive or concealed manner, often to avoid being detected, noticed, or any potential consequences. It suggests actions that are clandestine, hidden, or purposely unobtrusive. The term is often used in the context of intelligence, spying, investigations, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Covertlyadverb

    secretly; in private; insidiously

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of covertly in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of covertly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of covertly in a Sentence

  1. Olive Schreiner:

    Power! Did you ever hear of men being asked whether other souls should have power or not? It is born in them. You may dam up the fountain of water, and make it a stagnant marsh, or you may let it run free and do its work; but you cannot say whether it shall be there; it is there. And it will act, if not openly for good, then covertly for evil; but it will act.

  2. Rod Rosenstein:

    Foreign governments should not be secret participants, covertly spreading propaganda and fanning the flames of division.

  3. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

    My government will not allow any religious group, belonging to the majority or the minority, to incite hatred against others, overtly or covertly.

  4. Robert Menendez:

    You can be certain the mullahs (Iran's leaders) are not going to call us in Washington when they decide to breach the agreement. They're going to sneak out, covertly, gradually over time, when they think we're not looking.

  5. Ayad Allawi:

    I can’t see ISIS disappearing into thin air, they will remain covertly in sleeping cells, spreading their venom all over the world.

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