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overlie

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verb, over·lie \-ˈlī\

Simple Definition of overlie

  • : to lie over or on (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of overlie

overlayplay \-ˈlā\overlainplay \-ˈlān\overlyingplay \-ˈlī-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lie over or upon

  3. 2 :  to cause the death of by lying upon

Examples of overlie in a sentence

  1. <the puzzle pieces overlay one another in complete disarray on the floor>

  2. <there will be freezing rain tonight, so we can expect to find a thick layer of ice overlying the car windshield in the morning>



13th Century

First Known Use of overlie

13th century

Rhymes with overlie

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Medical Dictionary

overlie

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transitive verb over·lie \ˌō-vər-ˈlī\

Medical Definition of overlie

overlay \-ˈlā\play ; overlain \-ˈlān\play ; overlying \-ˈlī-iŋ\play

  1. :  to cause the death of by lying upon




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