overlap

verb over·lap \ ˌō-vər-ˈlap \

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.

overlap

play \ˈō-vər-ˌlap\ noun

Examples of overlap in a Sentence

  1. The roof shingles overlap each other.

  2. Baseball season overlaps football season in September.

  3. Some of your duties overlap his.

Recent Examples of overlap from the Web

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First Known Use of overlap

1704

overlap Synonyms

Synonyms
lap, overlay, overlie, overspread
Related Words
shingle

OVERLAP Defined for English Language Learners

overlap

verb

Definition of overlap for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

overlap

verb over·lap \ ˌō-vər-ˈlap \

Definition of overlap for Students

overlapped; overlapping
:to place or be placed so that a part of one covers a part of another
  • The roof shingles overlap.


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