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 For the artist, that language is drawn from overlapping worlds. Los Angeles Times, "Love, sex, death and the language of painting: Lari Pittman on his Hammer retrospective," 13 Sep. 2019 On Thursday, the agency had over 250 phone calls related to the storm, most of them about where to find hurricane supplies or other resources, but many with overlapping issues of anxiety. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian anxiety? Here’s how to stop it from spinning out of control," 30 Aug. 2019 The state of South Africa’s public finances is the outcome of different dynamics in three, overlapping periods. Seán Mfundza Muller, Quartz Africa, "South Africa’s economy is in a perilous state and is running out of time to get fixed," 7 Aug. 2019 Each of these zones is likely composed of overlapping pockets of molten material of slightly different temperature and composition. National Geographic, "Magma found simmering under an 'extinct' volcano. Here's what that means.," 17 July 2019 The film’s overlap with NASA’s current goals is undeniable. Gogo Lidz, Newsweek, "NASA and 'The Martian': It Was Written in the Stars," 20 Sep. 2015 Religious totems, antique toys, medals — tiny flashes of lives long gone, overlapping with the present only due to happenstance. Boston.com Real Estate, "From creepy to cool: Buyers are finding unusual things hidden in their homes," 28 Aug. 2019 Pluto failed on the third account because its orbit overlaps with Neptune. Lauren Kent, CNN, "Why Pluto is no longer a planet (or is it?)," 24 Aug. 2019 THE VIETNAM WAR Prime Minister Harold Wilson had a huge conundrum in the mid to late 1960s when his government overlapped with that of President Lyndon B. Johnson: at issue was the United States’ prosecution of the war in Vietnam. Washington Post, "UK ambassador resignation rare souring of relations with US," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of overlap

1704, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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2 Nov 2019

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The first known use of overlap was in 1704

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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 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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