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An operation that is so planned and executed as to conceal the identity of or permit plausible denial by the sponsor. A covert operation differs from a clandestine operation in that emphasis is placed on concealment of identity of sponsor rather than on concealment of the operation. See also clandestine operation; overt operation.
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|Noun||1.||covert operation - an intelligence operation so planned as to permit plausible denial by the sponsor|
military operation, operation - activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign); "it was a joint operation of the navy and air force"
black operation - a covert operation not attributable to the organization carrying it out