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English definition of “overtone”


noun [C usually plural]     /ˈəʊ.və.təʊn/ US  /ˈoʊ.vɚ.toʊn/
something that is suggested, but is not clearly stated: The concert was supposed to be a charity event but it had strong political overtones. There was an overtone of regret in his farewell speech.Suggestions and proposals
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