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
Since then, T-Mobile has become the wireless industry leader in signing up new customers and overtook Sprint to become the nation’s third-largest carrier.
In Vietnam, aquaculture has overtaken the fishing industry.
The campaign helped lure 3.5 million visitors in 2016, when tourism overtook dairy products as the nation’s biggest foreign-exchange earner.
Mr. Xi is no free trader, and his nation has overtaken the United States as the greatest emitter of carbon by a factor of two.
Authorities have recovered two bodies and are searching for a third person after their vehicle was overtaken by floodwaters in Branson, Missouri.
Cossio relied on a late kick to overtake Deonte Anderson of East St. Louis for the state title.
The 2.0-liter engine provided all the power needed for merging onto the highway and overtaking at any speed.
Today, food wrappers, booze bottles and used syringes litter school grounds where weeds have overtaken rusted playground equipment.
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Origin and Etymology of overtake
Middle English, from 1over + taken to take
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
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
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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