overtake

verb
over·​take | \ ˌō-vər-ˈtāk How to pronounce overtake (audio) \
overtook\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈtu̇k How to pronounce overtook (audio) \; overtaken\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈtā-​kən How to pronounce overtaken (audio) \; overtaking

Definition of overtake

transitive verb

1a : to catch up with
b : to catch up with and pass by
2 : to come upon suddenly

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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.
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Don't abuse back, just show our power by overtaking him. Aja Romano, Vox, "PewDiePie resides at the center of what seems to be a growing divide between YouTube subcultures," 14 Dec. 2018 Now people feel China is overtaking us really dramatically. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Eyeing a 2020 run, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti explains how he (or someone else) could beat Trump," 17 Oct. 2018 Scott Parel walked off the course thinking somebody would overtake him. Andrew Seligman, chicagotribune.com, "Scott Parel takes lead at Senior Players after 2 rounds at Exmoor," 13 July 2018 Marvin, along with Girdwood's Briana Sullivan, charged to the front of the pack on the initial climb from Little Coal Creek Trailhead to the ridge before Wros overtook them. Anchorage Daily News, "Marvin crushes women’s record, places 2nd overall at Kesugi Ridge Run," 26 June 2018 But last week, Rouda, who is a real estate investor, overtook him and at last count was leading by 126 votes. Christine Mai-duc, latimes.com, "Democrat Harley Rouda will take on California GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher after opponent concedes," 25 June 2018 This upstart was often a thorn in the side of the bigger paper and would eventually overtake it in circulation decades later. Pete Corson, ajc, "Photos: Former Atlanta Constitution and Journal buildings," 14 June 2018 Houlihan, bell-lap leader Jenny Simpson and Laura Muir came off the race's final curve jockeying for the lead in a three-wide tie before Houlihan overtook them in the second lane. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Shelby Houlihan wins at Prefontaine Classic while Caster Semenya dismisses talk of IAAF gender rules," 26 May 2018 The boat operator told officials they had been forced off the boat after high winds had caused water to overtake it. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "Elmore County deputies rescue 5 stranded in reservoir after wind forces them off boat | Idaho Statesman," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of overtake

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for overtake

Middle English, from over entry 1 + taken to take

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overtake

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overtake

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

verb
over·​take | \ ˌō-vər-ˈtāk How to pronounce overtake (audio) \
overtook\ -​ˈtu̇k \; overtaken\ -​ˈtā-​kən \; overtaking

Kids Definition of overtake

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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