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overlap

verb uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈlæp/ us    /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ (-pp-)
[I or T] to cover something partly by going over its edge; to cover part of the same space: The fence is made of panels that overlap (each other).Covering and adding layers C2 [I] If two or more activities, subjects, or periods of time overlap, they have some parts that are the same: My musical tastes don't overlap with my brother's at all.Being or appearing similar or the same C3 [I or T] If a football player overlaps, they pass the ball to another member of their team and then run beyond that player so that they are ready to receive the ball again.
overlapping
adjective uk   /ˈəʊ.vəˌlæp.ɪŋ/ us    /ˈoʊ.vɚ-/ /ˌəʊ.vəˈlæp-/
The overlapping slates of the roofs in the mountain village resembled fish scales. The word has two separate but overlapping meanings (= parts of the meanings are the same).Covering and adding layers

overlap

noun uk   /ˈəʊ.və.læp/ us    /ˈoʊ.vɚ-/

overlap noun (SAME AREA)

[C or U] the amount by which two things or activities cover the same area: The roof tiles will need an overlap of several centimetres. There are some overlaps between the products of the two companies.Covering and adding layers

overlap noun (FOOTBALL MOVE)

[S] in football, a movement in which a player passes the ball to another member of their team and then runs beyond that player so that they are ready to receive the ball again
(Definition of overlap from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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