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Meaning of “overlap” in the English Dictionary

"overlap" in British English

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overlapverb

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈlæp/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ (-pp-)
[I or T] to ​cover something ​partly by going over ​itsedge; to ​coverpart of the same ​space: The ​fence is made of ​panels that overlap (each other).C2 [I] If two or more ​activities, ​subjects, or ​periods of ​time overlap, they have some ​parts that are the same: My ​musicaltastes don't overlap with my brother's at all.C3 [I or T] If a ​footballplayer overlaps, they ​pass the ​ball to another ​member of ​theirteam 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 ​mountainvillageresembledfishscales. The word has two ​separate but overlapping ​meanings (= ​parts of the ​meanings are the same).

overlapnoun

uk   /ˈəʊ.və.læp/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ-/
  • overlap noun (SAME AREA)

[C or U] the ​amount by which two things or ​activitiescover the same ​area: The ​rooftiles will need an overlap of several ​centimetres. There are some overlaps between the ​products of the two ​companies.
  • overlap noun (FOOTBALL MOVE)

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

"overlap" in American English

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overlapverb

 us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈlæp/ (-pp-)
  • overlap verb (PARTLY COVER)

[I/T] to ​partlycover something with a ​layer of something ​else: [I] The ​edges of the ​wallpaper should overlap ​slightly.
  • overlap verb (SHARE FEATURES)

[I] to have some ​parts or ​features that are the same: Their ​corebusinesses do not overlap much.
overlap
noun [C]  us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈlæp/
There's little overlap between James's playlist and ours.
(Definition of overlap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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