over·​lap | \ ˌō-vər-ˈlap \
overlapped; overlapping; overlaps

Definition of overlap 

transitive verb

1 : to extend over or past and cover a part of The roof shingles overlap each other.
2 : to have something in common with Baseball season overlaps the football season in September.

intransitive verb

1 : to occupy the same area in part The two towns overlap.
2 : to have something in common Some of their duties overlap.

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Other Words from overlap

overlap \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌlap \ noun

Synonyms for overlap


lap, overlay, overlie, overspread

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Examples of overlap in a Sentence

The roof shingles overlap each other. Baseball season overlaps football season in September. Some of your duties overlap his.
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Cummings has represented Maryland's 7th Congressional District since 1996, and overlapped with Scarborough's 1995-2001 turn as a Congressman. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Here's Everything We Know About Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough's Secret Wedding," 26 Nov. 2018 And the rest of it overlaps with the fact that, somehow, hideous sandals in general are in vogue. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Crocs is now targeting teens. Somehow, it’s working.," 1 Nov. 2018 The bands form three elliptical rings, each in its own orbit, overlapping to create both the outer walls of the building and interior walls for the exhibition galleries. Julie V. Iovine., WSJ, "A Shrine to Honor Service," 24 Oct. 2018 Transfer to other side of prepared baking sheet, overlapping slightly with first piece of dough. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Sparkly Apple Slab Pie," 23 Oct. 2018 Arrange half of bread, overlapping, in baking dish. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "You Can Make This Ham and Cheese Breakfast Bake Up to 24 Hours in Advance," 10 Dec. 2018 Their terms in office overlapped, allowing them to work together and, eventually, to form a long-lasting bond. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Brian Mulroney, Former Canadian Prime Minister, Will Speak at George H.W. Bush's Funeral," 4 Dec. 2018 But all of those reality TV tropes overlapped in this truly iconic moment. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "9 Dramatic 'Vanderpump Rules' Moments Nobody Can Ever Forget," 3 Dec. 2018 Additionally, there are 133 nominees of color, and 158 first-time candidates (some of these categories overlap with one another). Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Another Midterm First: Women and Minorities Outnumber White Men as Democratic House Nominees," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of overlap

1704, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of overlap was in 1704

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English Language Learners Definition of overlap

: to lie over the edge of (something) : to cover part of the edge of (something)

: to happen at the same time as something else

: to have parts that are the same as parts of something else


over·​lap | \ ˌō-vər-ˈlap \
overlapped; overlapping

Kids Definition of overlap

: to place or be placed so that a part of one covers a part of another The roof shingles overlap.

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