- to lie over or upon, as a covering or stratum.
- to smother (an infant) by lying upon it, as in sleep.
Origin of overlie
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- to lie or rest uponCompare overlay
- to kill (a baby or newborn animal) by lying upon it
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Word Origin and History for overlied
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