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verb [intransitive/transitive] overlap pronunciation in British English /ˌəʊvə(r)ˈlæp/
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present tense
present participleoverlapping
past tenseoverlapped
past participleoverlapped

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  1. 1
    if two objects overlap, or if one overlaps the other, the edge of one fits over the edge of the other

    The roof tiles need to overlap a little more.

  2. 2
    if subjects overlap, or if one overlaps the other, some aspects are shared by more than one subject

    The geology and geography courses tend to overlap.

    1. a.
    2. b.
      if two events overlap, or if one overlaps the other, one starts before the other ends
    3. c.
      if ideas or opinions overlap, they are similar in some ways but not in every way

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