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

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 If a number of swells happen to overlap at the same place at the same time, a rogue wave results, but the component waves always act completely independently of each other. Quanta Magazine, "The Grand Unified Theory of Rogue Waves," 5 Feb. 2020 Such episodes come as companies are trying to attract younger skilled workers who survey data show crave a heightened purpose from their jobs and want their employers’ values to overlap with theirs. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "Employees Speak Out—Against Their CEOs," 1 Feb. 2020 Photonic qubits don't stand still, so gate operations require excellent timing as two or more qubits have to overlap in space and time. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quantum computing’s also-rans and their fatal flaws," 30 Nov. 2019 Those are expected in part to come from the elimination of overlapping operations in procurement, support functions and information-technology services. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Worldline Strikes $8.6 Billion Deal to Create European Payments Giant," 3 Feb. 2020 Despite the risks, among the doctor visits at which benzodiazepines were prescribed, approximately one-third involved an overlapping opioid prescription at a rate of 10 annual visits per 100 adults from 2014 to 2016. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Benzodiazepines might be a 'hidden element' of the US' overdose epidemic -- and doctor visits for prescriptions are increasing," 20 Jan. 2020 But Harrell receives the nod partly because Williams has started a handful of games to account for overlapping injuries to Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "As NBA All-Star break approaches, USA TODAY's midseason awards yield some surprises," 16 Jan. 2020 Fortress will be entirely housed within the spacious outdoor lawn adjacent to the historic Will Rogers Coliseum and will again feature two outdoor main stages with non-overlapping sets to ensure fans are able to catch each performance. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Diplo and Miguel to Headline Texas' Fortress Festival: See the Full Lineup," 15 Jan. 2020 Watching college football can seem to require binocular vision, overlapping fields of view that create the spectacle of depth. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "L.S.U.’s Spectacular Football National Championship," 14 Jan. 2020

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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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23 Feb 2020

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“Overlap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overlap. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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