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
Examples of overtake
She overtook the other runners and went on to win the race.
The sign says “No Overtaking.”
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
Rhymes with overtake
aerobrake, bellyache, coaster brake, coffee break, coral snake, double take, garter snake, give-and-take, Great Bear Lake, Great Salt Lake, griddle cake, halterbreak, johnnycake, kittiwake, make-or-break, marble cake, microquake, patty-cake, plumber's snake, put-and-take, rattlesnake, Reindeer Lake, silver hake, station break, stomachache, undertake, wapentake, water snake, wedding cake, wideawake
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