[ oh-ver-lahy ]
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verb (used with object),o·ver·lay [oh-ver-ley], /ˌoʊ vərˈleɪ/, o·ver·lain [oh-ver-leyn], /ˌoʊ vərˈleɪn/, o·ver·ly·ing.
  1. to lie over or upon, as a covering or stratum.

  2. to smother (an infant) by lying on them, as in sleep.

Origin of overlie

First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English overlien, overliggen; see over-, lie2

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British Dictionary definitions for overlie


/ (ˌəʊvəˈlaɪ) /

verb-lies, -lying, -lay or -lain (tr)
  1. to lie or rest upon: Compare overlay

  2. to kill (a baby or newborn animal) by lying upon it

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