- 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[transitive] overlap something to make two or more things overlap You will need to overlap the pieces of wood slightly.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] overlap (something) if two events overlap or overlap each other, the second one starts before the first one has finished
- 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. Extra examples The two categories overlap to some extent. a world which overlaps with the newspaper world terms which overlap slightly in meaning
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BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈlæp//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈlæp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overlap
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈlæp//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈlæp//he / she / it overlaps
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈlæps//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈlæps//past simple overlapped
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈlæpt//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈlæpt//past participle overlapped
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈlæpt//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈlæpt//-ing form overlapping
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈlæpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈlæpɪŋ//