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Synonyms for overture
ˈoʊ vər tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overture(noun)

    orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio

    approach, feeler, preliminary, advance, prelude

  2. preliminary, overture, prelude(noun)

    something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows

    "training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner"

    approach, feeler, preliminary, advance, prelim, prelude

  3. overture, advance, approach, feeler(noun)

    a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

    "she rejected his advances"

    rise, forward motion, cash advance, prelude, feeler, glide path, approaching, barbel, progression, advancement, approach shot, glide slope, coming, preliminary, improvement, approach, approach path, antenna, advance, attack, procession, betterment, access, onward motion, progress, plan of attack


  1. overture(noun)


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. overture

    An offer or proposal puts something before one for acceptance or rejection, proposal being the more formal word; a proposition sets forth truth (or what is claimed to be truth) in formal statement. The proposition is for consideration, the proposal for action; as, a proposition in geometry, a proposal of marriage; but proposition is often used nearly in the sense of proposal when it concerns a matter for deliberation; as, a proposition for the surrender of a fort. A bid is commercial and often verbal; as, a bid at an auction; proposal is used in nearly the same sense, but is more formal. An overture opens negotiation or conference, and the word is especially used of some movement toward reconciliation; as, overtures of peace.

    bid, offer, proposal, proposition

    acceptance, denial, disapproval, refusal, rejection, repulse

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. overture

    prelude, advance, proposal, offer, invitation, lead, initiation

    inaction, undemonstrativeness, quiescence

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. overture(n.)

    proposal, offer, proposition

  2. overture(n.)

    (Mus.) orchestral introduction to an opera, oratorio, &c

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  1. overture(n)


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  1. Matthew Thompson:

    I don’t play a lot. It’s not something that comes naturally to me, my wife is much more playful. I came home one day to find them riding brooms around the house and blaring the ‘William Tell Overture.’ I just kind of watched. I play hide-and-seek and other games, but a lot of times I just support my wife in what she and kids are already doing.

  2. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    I had never expected that the China initiative would come to fruition in the form of a Ping-Pong team. (On first friendly overture by People's Republic of China)

  3. Richard Neal:

    I think we would all be comfortable if this was done on a voluntary basis, if they would resist the overture then I think you could probably see a long and grinding court case.

  4. Dan Rather:

    An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.

  5. Olivier Jakob:

    Yesterday the market got somewhat excited by the editorial of the OPEC Bulletin, this was read by some market participants as making a first overture for a change of policy.

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