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 in a sentence
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 and Etymology of overtake
Middle English, from 1over + taken to take
First Known Use: 13th century
OVERTAKE Defined for Kids
Definition of overtake for Students
1 : to catch up with and often pass <I overtook the runner ahead.>
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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