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make overtures

To express a willingness, eagerness, or openness about something, such as a relationship or an intended course of action. Being new to the area, I made friendly overtures to some of the parents in the toddler playgroup in the hopes of making some new friends. The senator made overtures about changing the tax code during his election campaign, but since being elected he hasn't done a single thing about it.
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make overtures about doing something

to give hints about something; to present or suggest ideas. The company made overtures about hiring me. Tom is making overtures about inviting us to his country home next month.
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make ˈovertures (to somebody)

try to make friends, start a business relationship, have discussions, etc. with somebody: On my first day at work everyone made friendly overtures.If we want to stay in business I think we ought to start making overtures to the bank manager!
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Members of Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra are urging audiences to vote for their favourite overtures to be played during their next concert at St David's Hall
The overture that passed asked for "declaratory legislation which enables presbyteries and sessions to consider for certification gay and lesbian candidates for ministry and which enables sessions to give permission for the celebration of marriage for gay or lesbian couples who come under their pastoral care.
Overture Financial's intensive manager search and selection process also allows financial institutions to pick the best money managers for their clients.
Today is a very important and exciting day for Yahoo and Overture,'' Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Terry Semel said during a conference call with analysts and investors early Monday.
Overture, despite its pacts with Yahoo and MSN, loses a lucrative partner in AOL.
If the General Assembly agrees with the presbytery's overture, a commission will be appointed by the Assembly in June 1999 to report one year later.
Named "Best Carrier Ethernet Demarcation Product" during the Carrier Ethernet World Congress, the Overture 1400 is a modular gigabit Carrier Ethernet edge solution.
T-Online was clearly in breach of its contract with Overture," the spokesperson said.
He decided to remove the `Ode to Joy' section and create an overture instead.
AMSTERDAM -- Overture, the preferred Carrier Ethernet edge and aggregation partner for service providers and network operators worldwide, today announced SARENET has selected its 4000 and 400 platforms as the cornerstone of a new deployment that will offer customers up to 20Mbps services (with capabilities up to 60Mbps) using Overture's Ethernet-over-copper (EoC) solutions.
The catch was that it had to incorporate all of the advanced service features and powerful management capabilities of our other EoC and optical products," said Vijay Raman, vice president product management and marketing, Overture.
2 for the Overture 239, 400, 500, 600, 4000, and 6100 product lines.
Industry veteran with proven track record of execution joins Overture to lead Carrier Ethernet company through next phase of growth.
Company recognized for its backhaul solution using the Overture 4800 and 1400 Carrier Ethernet Platforms.
WOODBRIDGE, Ontario -- Royal Building Products today announced the commercial launch of its new Royal Overture Folding Door[TM] Series.