overlie

verb over·lie \ ˌō-vər-ˈlī \
Updated on: 13 Apr 2018

Definition of overlie

overlay play \ˌō-vər-ˈlā\; overlain play \ˌō-vər-ˈlān\; overlying play \ˌō-vər-ˈlī-iŋ\
1 : to lie over or upon
2 : to cause the death of by lying upon

Examples of overlie in a Sentence

  1. the puzzle pieces overlay one another in complete disarray on the floor

  2. there will be freezing rain tonight, so we can expect to find a thick layer of ice overlying the car windshield in the morning

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First Known Use of overlie

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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OVERLIE Defined for English Language Learners

overlie

Definition of overlie for English Language Learners

  • : to lie over or on (something)


Medical Dictionary

overlie

transitive verb over·lie \ ˌō-vər-ˈlī \

medical Definition of overlie

overlay play \-ˈlā\; overlain play \-ˈlān\; overlying play \-ˈlī-iŋ\
: to cause the death of by lying upon


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