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.

Other Words from overlap

overlap \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌlap How to pronounce overlap (audio) \ noun

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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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First Known Use of overlap

1704, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Overlap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overlap. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for overlap


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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