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- 1. overture, music
- usage: orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio
- 2. preliminary, overture, prelude, origin, origination, inception
- usage: 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. overture, advance, approach, feeler, suggestion, proposition, proffer
- usage: a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; "she rejected his advances"
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