overtake

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verb over·take \ˌō-vər-ˈtāk\

Definition of overtake

overtook

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overtaken

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overtaking

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to catch up withb :  to catch up with and pass by

  3. 2 :  to come upon suddenly

Examples of overtake in a Sentence

  1. She overtook the other runners and went on to win the race.

  2. The sign says No Overtaking.

  3. Seasickness can overtake passengers when the ship encounters a storm.

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Origin and Etymology of overtake

Middle English, from 1over + taken to take



OVERTAKE Defined for English Language Learners

overtake

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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

overtake

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verb over·take \ˌō-vər-ˈtāk\

Definition of overtake for Students

overtook

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overtaken

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overtaking

  1. 1 :  to catch up with and often pass I overtook the runner ahead.

  2. 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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