over·​lap | \ ˌō-vər-ˈlap How to pronounce overlap (audio) \
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 How to pronounce overlap (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web

Total assets invested using ESG principles, often overlapping in the same portfolio, grew 38% to $12 trillion in January of this year from $8.7 trillion in 2016, according to the US SIF study. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "More Institutional Investors Say No to Tobacco, Weapons," 23 Nov. 2018 Three members of the Udall family had almost overlapped in the Senate in the previous decade, from both parties. Mark Schmitt, Vox, "Is dynastic politics on the way out?," 20 Nov. 2018 Hollister’s primary age demographic is 11-to-16, which overlaps with both Cyrus and Khalid’s young audiences. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Khalid & Noah Cyrus On Being the New Faces for Hollister's Back-to-School Campaign: Exclusive," 12 July 2018 The shows use red, blue and green lasers that overlap o create vivid images fitting with the music. Alison Stanton, azcentral, "Miss Arizona pageant, Taiko Extravaganza and more things to do in Phoenix this weekend," 20 June 2018 Democratic turnout is expected to be high, and voter excitement in the 49th Congressional District will boost down-ballot candidates that overlap with the House seat. Joshua Stewart, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wasting no time, campaigns gearing up for November's general election," 15 June 2018 The other is the clinic’s hours, which conveniently overlap with when I’m supposed to be working. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Verily’s ‘exploding micro-needles’ are a fix for a problem that doesn’t exist," 18 May 2018 The term had surfaced in private debates with Horace Kallen, a Jewish student who overlapped with Locke at both Harvard and Oxford. Tobi Haslett, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers," 11 May 2018 Get personal: Teach managers and supervisors to both permit and encourage employees to discuss personal issues that inevitably overlap with their business lives. Gary Markle, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How do you motivate millennials?," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of overlap

1704, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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 How to pronounce overlap (audio) \
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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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