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overturenoun

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 an opera: the overture to "The Magic Flute"
  • 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?
(Definition of overture from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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overturenoun [C]

 us   /ˈoʊ·vər·tʃər, -ˌtʃʊr/
  • overture noun [C] (MUSIC)

a piece of music that is an introduction to a longer piece, such as an opera
  • overture noun [C] (APPROACH)

an approach made to someone in order to discuss or establish something: The country’s leaders rejected all overtures for a peace settlement.
(Definition of overture from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “overture”
in Korean 서곡…
in Arabic افتِتاحِيّة…
in Malaysian overtur…
in French ouverture…
in Russian увертюра…
in Chinese (Traditional) 音樂, (尤指歌劇的)序曲,前奏曲…
in Italian ouverture…
in Turkish giriş müziği…
in Polish uwertura…
in Spanish obertura…
in Vietnamese khúc dạo đầu…
in Portuguese abertura, prelúdio…
in Thai เพลงโหมโรง…
in German die Overtüre…
in Catalan obertura…
in Japanese (オペラなどの)序曲…
in Chinese (Simplified) 音乐, (尤指歌剧的)序曲,前奏曲…
in Indonesian musik pembukaan…
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