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.
Recent Examples on the Web This way, your wide-brim, floppy hats won't overlap once put away. Mary Cornetta, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2022 Several of the zones face the island’s biggest commercial ports and overlap with what Taipei claims as its territorial waters, coming within 12 miles of its coastline in what some military analysts have compared with a temporary blockade. Alastair Gale, WSJ, 7 Aug. 2022 Stage Manager gives iPad owners the ability to resize and arrange windows, as well as have those windows overlap. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 3 Aug. 2022 Tennyson’s experience isn’t exactly unique; an M.S. diagnosis can be challenging and many M.S. symptoms overlap with those of other conditions. Beth Krietsch, SELF, 2 Aug. 2022 The group discover that all of their assignments overlap with one another’s and things spiral out of control from there. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 1 Aug. 2022 But much of the score otherwise tires as its pounding chords and thumping cross-rhythms alternate and overlap with more static, suspended passages. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 Becker hopes that a property like Hotel Marcel shows that fabulous design can overlap with earth-consciousness. Amy Thomas, Vogue, 26 July 2022 Also, because these top ten categories often overlap, one vulnerability may not belong solely to one category, so some reports may be able to be categorized as multiple vulerabilities. Ivan Novikov, Forbes, 25 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overlap

1704, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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18 Aug 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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