overlap

verb
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

Synonyms

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

Arrange the onions on the rack, overlapping slightly if necessary. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Smoky, grilled charred onions make everything beside them on the plate come to life," 3 July 2018 His rapid success however, overlapped with a web of legal issues. Trevor Anderson, Billboard, "XXXTentacion's Billboard Chart History: From 'Look at Me!' & 'Sad!' to No. 1 Album '?'," 18 June 2018 Baker’s tenure as county executive overlapped with O’Malley’s second term as governor from 2011 to 2015. Michael Dresser, baltimoresun.com, "Martin O'Malley endorses Rushern Baker in Democratic race for Maryland governor," 7 June 2018 ConocoPhillips also aims to grow more in South Texas and neighboring Louisiana because much of the Eagle Ford overlaps with the Austin Chalk play that extends in Louisiana. Jordan Blum, San Antonio Express-News, "ConocoPhillips turns back to the Eagle Ford," 20 May 2018 ConocoPhillips also aims to grow more in South Texas and neighboring Louisiana because much of the Eagle Ford overlaps with the Austin Chalk shale play that extends in Louisiana. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "ConocoPhillips going slow in Permian, focused on Eagle Ford," 16 May 2018 This year, the event overlapped with the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, which meant front offices had to divide and conquer. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Nine College Seniors Who Could Be NBA Sleepers," 16 Apr. 2018 Royce Clayton and Thompson overlapped five seasons (1991-95) but concurrently were everyday players just one full season. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants’ Crawford, Panik among longest-tenured partnerships," 5 Apr. 2018 Malzone's run at U-M overlapped two coaching eras, technically, and never translated to playing time on the field. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Michigan football QB Alex Malzone transferring to Miami (Ohio)," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of overlap

1704, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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9 Feb 2019

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The first known use of overlap was in 1704

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More Definitions for overlap

overlap

verb

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

overlap

verb
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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