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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Recent Examples on the Web

Not mini, massive conglomerates of semi overlapping ... Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Box CEO Aaron Levie on Recode Decode," 11 July 2018 The company name was first inspired by the idea of two light beams of different colors overlapping to create a third color. Diane Mastrull, Philly.com, "Software-guided B2B partnerships are the aim of Bob Moore's new Crossbeam," 9 July 2018 The new 'Electricity' colourway is described by adidas as 'electric yellow, with the iconic fold-over tongue in red with the three stripes overlapping the boot in classic black'. SI.com, "adidas Launch New Predator Accelator Electricity Inspired By Original 1999 Boots," 3 July 2018 At one point Saturday, Squires was 10-under over an 18-hole stretch overlapping both matches. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Grimmer, Squires to play for Met golf championships," 30 June 2018 What happens when the behaviors flagged for a threat assessment overlap the symptoms with totally separate physical or neurological issues? Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Sometimes a Coat Is Just a Coat, and Sometimes It Ruins a Kid’s Life," 29 June 2018 But through charm and magic and, crucially, an extraordinarily naturalistic performance from Stanfield, Riley makes the case that labor conditions and race determine the experience of workers coextensively, one perfectly overlapping the other. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sorry to Bother You Is a Brilliant Black Comedy About Race, Labor, and Magic," 29 June 2018 There are some obvious ways the three designers overlap. Noah Johnson, GQ, "Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Alyx Plot the Future of Menswear," 27 June 2018 My theory is that Dolores will hook up with Bernard, Ake, the Man in Black, Maeve, and Delos, (read: all the major players this season) and that their story lines will finally overlap at the Valley Beyond. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Westworld Season 2 Episode 9: A New Theory on The Door and Why Bernard Ditched His Scar," 18 June 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 \
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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a state of commotion or excitement

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