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Definition of overture noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈoʊvərˌtʃʊr//
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  1. 1a piece of music written as an introduction to an opera or a ballet Prokofiev's overture to “Romeo and Juliet”
  2. 2[usually plural] overture (to somebody) a suggestion or an action by which someone tries to make friends, start a business relationship, have discussions, etc. with someone else He began making overtures to a number of investment banks. Maggie was never one to reject a friendly overture.
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