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.
Recent Examples of overtake from the Web
The grandiose plans McGregor envisioned of disrupting the boxing universe collapsed like a house of straws overtaken by gale force winds.
The president has been eerily silent amidst the violent clashes over white nationalism that overtook the university town of Charlottesville on Saturday.
Conservatives believe legitimate voting has largely been overtaken by hordes of illegitimate voters — either outright noncitizens, or technically legal voters whose loyalty has been purchased through some kind of bribe.
In 1991, Walmart overtook Sears as the nation’s largest retailer.
Other loud neighborhoods were the East and West Villages, both popular night life destinations, and Lower Manhattan, where nonstop building has overtaken the physical devastation of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
In the pages of the People’s Daily at least, Mao has overtaken his reformer successor.
In the last two years, many areas of the United States have seen fentanyl and similar chemicals overtake heroin and prescription pills as the leading cause of overdose deaths.
Kerber first got to No. 1, overtaking Serena Williams, by winning the U.S. Open last September, beating Pliskova in the final.
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OVERTAKE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of overtake for English Language Learners
: 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
OVERTAKE Defined for Kids
Definition of overtake for Students
- I overtook the runner ahead.
- 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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