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 There’s also an effort to avoid overlapping with the SEC Network’s SEC Nation telecast that will be located at Moore Hall -- just across University Boulevard from the quad’s southeast corner. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Why College GameDay moved to Alabama’s quad, how it impacts tailgating," 7 Nov. 2019 Due to the nature of the available data, one grade overlapped with the numbers related to the average middle school teacher salaries and the average elementary school teacher salaries (sixth grade). Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "These Houston-area school districts pay their elementary teachers the least, according to TEA," 30 Oct. 2019 Esther Mobley looks at how the wine industry is dealing with the unique implications of harvest time overlapping with the wildfire season. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Distressed state: Fires, smoke and outages keep Bay Area, California on edge," 28 Oct. 2019 And another 30 or so genes with more tentative links to schizophrenia overlapped with several genes implicated in autism spectrum disorder, suggesting a link with that disease. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Intensive DNA search yields 10 genes tied directly to schizophrenia," 25 Oct. 2019 Some other things to know about this Big Ten East clash: FRIENDLY FOES Franklin spent eight years on the Maryland coaching staff from 2000-04 and 2008-10, overlapping with Locksley for three years at the outset of that first stint. San Diego Union-Tribune, "No. 12 Penn State seeks another win in series with Maryland," 26 Sep. 2019 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

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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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16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Overlap.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overlaps. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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