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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Treating Cohn like a Hitler henchman, and a betrayer of his race, reveals the insensitivity that has overtaken Millennial journalism. Armond White, National Review, "Where’s My Roy Cohn? Is a Lesson in Demonization," 12 Sep. 2019 The two stars quickly turned political when they were asked to comment on a peaceful demonstration that overtook the red carpet in front of Venice’s main venue, the Palazzo del Cinema, earlier in the day. Ariston Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Venice: Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland Condemn Trump, Boris Johnson for “Ruining the World”," 7 Sep. 2019 The two stars quickly turned political when they were asked to comment on a peaceful demonstration that overtook the red carpet in front of Venice’s main venue, the Palazzo del Cinema, earlier in the day. Ariston Anderson, Billboard, "Venice: Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland Condemn Trump, Boris Johnson for 'Ruining the World'," 7 Sep. 2019 And yesterday, the narrative that overtook his earlier calls for healing and unity was mostly about himself. Chuck Todd And Carrie Dann, NBC News, "The Dem civil war has faded from center stage— for now. How long will that last?," 8 Aug. 2019 On July 31, Ridgewood Garden Club members spent the morning clearing weeds that had overtaken the flower beds at Stearns Homestead. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Ridgewood Garden Club, city spruce up herb, flower gardens at Stearns Homestead: Sun Postings," 6 Aug. 2019 This time players must battle hordes of demons that have overtaken the Earth and travel into space and other dimensions to prevail. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Bethesda, id software unveils 'Doom Eternal' and cloud gaming tech to speed game streams," 9 June 2019 The club has played admirably despite its injury inundation, showing plucky resolve and an infectious, speedy style that has overtaken the clubhouse. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros suffer embarrassing blowout loss to Mariners," 6 June 2019 But Blanchett's Bernadette's is, ultimately, the more disturbed and tragic character, one whose entire life has been overtaken by excuses and, overwhelmingly, a refusal to look her problem straight in the eye and deal with it. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Where'd You Go, Bernadette': Film Review," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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