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Dictionary definition for: Overture

1. (n) orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio

2. (n) something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows; "training is a necessary preliminary to employment" "drinks were the overture to dinner"

3. (n) a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; "she rejected his advances"

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