covert definition

Definition of covert : adjective

  1. Disguised. A covert operation depends for its success upon not being recognized for what it is It may be conducted in plain sight, but represents itself as being something other than what it is. For example, an organization styling itself as an academic cultural exchange service that was in fact an espionage agency's influence operation or recruiting activity would be a covert operation. Its overt purpose is not its real purpose. Contrast clandestine.