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Definition of overlap verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overlap
    he / she / it overlaps
    past simple overlapped
    -ing form overlapping
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] overlap (something) if one thing overlaps another, or the two things overlap, part of one thing covers part of the other A fish's scales overlap each other. The floor was protected with overlapping sheets of newspaper.
  2. 2[transitive] overlap something to make two or more things overlap You will need to overlap the pieces of wood slightly.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] overlap (something) if two events overlap or overlap each other, the second one starts before the first one has finished
  4. 4[intransitive, transitive] to cover part of the same area of interest, knowledge, responsibility, etc. Our jobs overlap slightly, which sometimes causes difficulties. overlap (with) something The language of science overlaps with that of everyday life.
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