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overtake

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verb over·take \ˌō-vər-ˈtāk\

Simple Definition of overtake

  • : to move up to and past (someone or something that is in front of you) by moving faster

  • : to go past another vehicle that is moving more slowly in the same direction

  • : to happen to or affect (someone) in a sudden and unexpected way

Full Definition of overtake

over·tookplay \-ˈtu̇k\over·tak·enplay \-ˈtā-kən\over·tak·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to catch up with b :  to catch up with and pass by

  3. 2 :  to come upon suddenly

Examples of overtake

  1. She overtook the other runners and went on to win the race.

  2. The sign says No Overtaking.

  3. Seasickness can overtake passengers when the ship encounters a storm.



Origin of overtake

Middle English, from 1over + taken to take


First Known Use: 13th century



OVERTAKE Defined for Kids

overtake

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verb over·take \ˌō-vər-ˈtāk\

Definition of overtake

over·took \-ˈtu̇k\over·tak·en \-ˈtā-kən\over·tak·ing

  1. 1 :  to catch up with and often pass <I overtook the runner ahead.>

  2. 2 :  to come upon or happen to suddenly or without warning <One night we were overtaken by a snow-storm while still a mile from the village … — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee>





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