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 On the real cover, photos of Biden and Harris in profile overlap each other. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris — not China's Xi Jinping — are Time's 2020 Person of the Year," 17 Dec. 2020 Haunting military scenes overlap the image of a child in armor and her emotionless features. Armond White, National Review, "A Second Joan of Arc Film Challenges Us All," 20 Nov. 2020 The cameras now overlap, covering every side of the cabin, and all approaches to it. Wes Siler, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Solutions to Secure a Remote Hunting Cabin," 12 Nov. 2020 In effect, of course, the secular and religious versions overlap and support each other. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy’s Afterlife," 10 Nov. 2020 Many deep-sea mining interests overlap with biodiversity hot spots, such as sulfide-rich hydrothermal vents. Sabrina Imbler, New York Times, "Could Listening to the Deep Sea Help Save It?," 10 Nov. 2020 Their rare physical traits even overlap, as happened Sunday when creative play-caller Arthur Smith once again came up with a timely design. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Titans stars Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill come together, keep getting better all the time," 19 Oct. 2020 As explained in a recent report by labor market analytics firm BurningGlass, a lifeboat job is one whose requirements overlap with your current skill set and will give you the opportunity to transfer to more stable opportunities. Washington Post, "I’m a leader in retail, but I can’t sell hiring managers on my skills," 3 Sep. 2020 Hole and Sew Working around the perimeter of the main piece of leather (even where the pieces don’t overlap), use an awl to make holes ¼ inch in from the edge and spaced approximately 1/4 inch apart [3]. Jeremy Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Timeless Leather Wallet Anyone Will Love," 19 Dec. 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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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Overlap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overlap. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce overlap (audio)

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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