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overture

noun uk   /ˈəʊ.və.tjʊər/ us    /ˈoʊ.vɚ.tʃɚ/

overture noun (MUSIC)

[C] a piece of music that is an introduction to a longer piece, especially a work for the theatre: the overture to "The Magic Flute"Musical piecesOpera

overture noun (COMMUNICATION)

[C usually plural] a communication made to someone in order to offer something: overtures of friendship. Neither side in the conflict seems willing to make peace overtures.informal So he's been making overtures (= showing a sexual interest), has he?Suggestions and proposals
(Definition of overture from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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