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o·ver·ture

 (ō′vər-cho͝or′)
n.
1. Music
a. An instrumental composition intended especially as an introduction to an extended work, such as an opera or oratorio.
b. A similar orchestral work intended for independent concert performance.
2. An introductory section or part, as of a poem; a prelude.
3. An act, offer, or proposal that indicates readiness to undertake a course of action or open a relationship.
tr.v. o·ver·tured, o·ver·tur·ing, o·ver·tures
1. To present as an introduction or proposal.
2. To present or make an offer or proposal to.

[Middle English, opening, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *ōpertūra, alteration (influenced by Latin cōperīre, to cover) of Latin apertūra, from apertus, past participle of aperīre, to open; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

overture

(ˈəʊvəˌtjʊə)
n
1. (Classical Music) music
a. a piece of orchestral music containing contrasting sections that is played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio, often containing the main musical themes of the work
b. a similar piece preceding the performance of a play
c. Also called: concert overture a one-movement orchestral piece, usually having a descriptive or evocative title
d. a short piece in three movements (French overture or Italian overture) common in the 17th and 18th centuries
2. (often plural) a proposal, act, or gesture initiating a relationship, negotiation, etc
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) something that introduces what follows
vb (tr)
4. to make or present an overture to
5. to introduce with an overture
[C14: via Old French, from Late Latin apertūra opening, from Latin aperīre to open; see overt]

o•ver•ture

(ˈoʊ vər tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər)

n., v. -tured, -tur•ing. n.
1. an initiating move in negotiating an agreement or action; proposal; offer.
2.
a. an orchestral composition introducing a musical work, as an opera.
b. an independent piece of similar character.
3. an introductory part; prelude; prologue.
v.t.
4. to submit as an overture or proposal.
5. to make an overture or proposal to.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old French]

overture


Past participle: overtured
Gerund: overturing

Imperative
overture
overture
Present
I overture
you overture
he/she/it overtures
we overture
you overture
they overture
Preterite
I overtured
you overtured
he/she/it overtured
we overtured
you overtured
they overtured
Present Continuous
I am overturing
you are overturing
he/she/it is overturing
we are overturing
you are overturing
they are overturing
Present Perfect
I have overtured
you have overtured
he/she/it has overtured
we have overtured
you have overtured
they have overtured
Past Continuous
I was overturing
you were overturing
he/she/it was overturing
we were overturing
you were overturing
they were overturing
Past Perfect
I had overtured
you had overtured
he/she/it had overtured
we had overtured
you had overtured
they had overtured
Future
I will overture
you will overture
he/she/it will overture
we will overture
you will overture
they will overture
Future Perfect
I will have overtured
you will have overtured
he/she/it will have overtured
we will have overtured
you will have overtured
they will have overtured
Future Continuous
I will be overturing
you will be overturing
he/she/it will be overturing
we will be overturing
you will be overturing
they will be overturing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been overturing
you have been overturing
he/she/it has been overturing
we have been overturing
you have been overturing
they have been overturing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been overturing
you will have been overturing
he/she/it will have been overturing
we will have been overturing
you will have been overturing
they will have been overturing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been overturing
you had been overturing
he/she/it had been overturing
we had been overturing
you had been overturing
they had been overturing
Conditional
I would overture
you would overture
he/she/it would overture
we would overture
you would overture
they would overture
Past Conditional
I would have overtured
you would have overtured
he/she/it would have overtured
we would have overtured
you would have overtured
they would have overtured

overture

An orchestral introduction to an opera or ballet, sometimes to a symphony, or an independent and usually programmatic concert work.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.overture - orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratoriooverture - orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
2.overture - something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner"
inception, origination, origin - an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
3.overture - a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of othersoverture - a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; "she rejected his advances"
proffer, proposition, suggestion - a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection; "it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse"

overture

noun
1. (Music) prelude, opening, introduction, introductory movement the William Tell Overture
prelude finale, coda
2. (usually plural) approach, offer, advance, proposal, appeal, invitation, tender, proposition, opening move, conciliatory move He had begun to make clumsy yet endearing overtures of friendship.
approach withdrawal, rejection

overture

noun
1. A short section of preliminary remarks:
2. A preliminary action intended to elicit a favorable response:
advance (used in plural), approach.
Translations
مُقَدِّمَة أو إفْتِتاحِيَّةٌ موسيقِيَّه
ouverture
nyitány
forleikur
uvertiūra
uvertīra

overture

[ˈəʊvətjʊəʳ] N
1. (Mus) → obertura f
2. (fig) to make overtures to sb (Pol, Comm) → hacer una propuesta a algn; (sexual) → hacer insinuaciones a algn
they had made overtures to Pan Am, but without successle hicieron una propuesta a Pan Am, pero no se llegó a nada
the government made peace overtures to the rebelsel gobierno les hizo una propuesta de paz a los rebeldes

overture

[ˈəʊvərtʃʊər] n
(= music) → ouverture f
(verbal)ouverture f
peace overtures → des ouvertures de paix
overtures of friendship → des offres d'amitié
to make overtures to sb (= approaches) → faire des ouvertures à qn

overture

n
(Mus) → Ouvertüre f
usu pl (= approach)Annäherungsversuch m; to make overtures to somebodyAnnäherungsversuche bei jdm machen; peace overturesFriedensannäherungen pl

overture

[ˈəʊvəˌtjʊəʳ] n
a. (Mus) → ouverture f inv
b. to make overtures to sb (fig) (friendly) → comportarsi amichevolmente verso qn; (romantic) → tentare un approccio con qn, fare delle avances a qn

overture

(ˈəuvətjuə) noun
a piece of music played as an introduction to an opera etc.
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