overlie

[ oh-ver-lahy ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈlaɪ /

verb (used with object), o·ver·lay [oh-ver-ley], /ˌoʊ vərˈleɪ/, o·ver·lain [oh-ver-leyn], /ˌoʊ vərˈleɪn/, o·ver·ly·ing.

to lie over or upon, as a covering or stratum.
to smother (an infant) by lying upon it, as in sleep.

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Origin of overlie

First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English overlien, overliggen; see over-, lie2
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overlie
/ (ˌəʊvəˈlaɪ) /

verb -lies, -lying, -lay or -lain (tr)

to lie or rest uponCompare overlay
to kill (a baby or newborn animal) by lying upon it
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