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overlap

verb     /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     /ˈəʊ.vəˌlæp.ɪŋ/ US  /ˈoʊ.vɚ-/ /ˌəʊ.vəˈlæp-/ adjective 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
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