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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of overtake

overtook

play \-ˈtu̇k\

overtaken

play \-ˈtā-kən\

overtaking

  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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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 for Students

overtook

\-ˈtu̇k\

overtaken

\-ˈtā-kən\

overtaking

  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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