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overture

o·ver·ture

overture

 
 
pronunciation:
o vr chr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an opening gesture, as for initiating a relationship or other interaction.
She knew of this woman's deceitful reputation and refused all overtures of friendship.
synonyms:
preamble, prelude
similar words:
advance, approach, bid, invitation, offer, preliminary, proffer, prologue, proposal, proposition, tender
definition 2: in music, a composition of a form and length suitable for introducing a longer work.
The main melodies of the piece can be heard in the overture.
synonyms:
prelude
similar words:
introduction
definition 3: an introductory section of a creative work such as a poem.
synonyms:
proem, prologue
similar words:
exordium, foreword, introduction, opening, preamble, preface, preliminary
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: overtured, overtures, overturing
definition: to offer as an overture.
similar words:
advance, offer, prelude, proffer, propose, suggest, tender
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