overture meaning


overture (to someone)

(usually plural) a suggestion or an action by which someone tries to make friends, start a business relationship, have discussions, etc. with someone else



Two Example Dialogues Using ‘Overture’


🤔: I’ve caught wind of some internal shuffling over at Lufthansa. This may give us the chance to get our foot in the door with their hotel contracts.

🙂: That’s good thinking. I’ll put together a pricing package and make overtures by the end of the week.


👩‍💼: The United States will be making diplomatic overtures to Genovia this week in an attempt to soften tensions in the region.



Examples of ‘Overture’ from the News


“His tentative peace overtures to the Kurds in south-eastern Turkey soured when he refused to help Syrian Kurds battling Islamic State jihadists.”
– BBC News, “Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Turkey’s pugnacious president”, 24 June 2019


“Recent signs that Japan and South Korea are making subtle overtures to each other have raised hopes that they are moving toward de-escalating their diplomatic feud.”
– Ryotaro Nakamaru, “Despite subtle overtures, Japan-South Korea dispute likely to drag on”, 22 August 2019



Special Notes on the Word ‘Overture’


Today’s word of the day is a great vocabulary word to use on the TOEFL or the IELTS, and it’s one that comes up often in business settings, too. To help you use it correctly, here are a few collocations with ‘overture’:


  • make overtures (to someone)
  • respond to (someone’s) overtures
  • reject (someone’s) overtures
  • diplomatic overtures
  • peace overtures


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Pronunciation of ‘Overture’






Sources: Definition of ‘Overture’

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