overtake

overtake
overtake VERB (past overtook; past part. overtaken) 1) catch up with and pass while travelling in the same direction. 2) become greater or more successful than. 3) come suddenly or unexpectedly upon.

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  • Overtake — O ver*take , v. t. [imp. {Overtook}; p. p. {Overtaken}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overtaking}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To come up with in a race, pursuit, progress, or motion; also, to catch up with and move ahead of. [1913 Webster +PJC] Follow after the men;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overtake — index beat (defeat), invade, reach Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • overtake — UK US /ˌəʊvəˈteɪk/ verb [T] (overtook, overtaken) ► to grow, develop, or progress more quickly than something else: »Our US sales have now overtaken our sales in Europe. »Plastic soon overtook cash as Britain s most popular method of payment …   Financial and business terms

  • overtake — (v.) to come up to, to catch in pursuit, early 13c., from OVER (Cf. over) + TAKE (Cf. take) (v.). Related: Overtaken; overtaking …   Etymology dictionary

  • overtake — [v] catch; pass beat, befall, better, catch up with, come upon, engulf, gain on, get past, get to, happen, hit, leave behind, outdistance, outdo, outstrip, overhaul, overwhelm, reach, strike, take by surprise; concepts 95,141 Ant. fall behind …   New thesaurus

  • overtake — [ō΄vər tāk′] vt. overtook, overtaken, overtaking 1. to catch up with and, often, go beyond 2. to come upon unexpectedly or suddenly [a sudden storm overtook us] …   English World dictionary

  • overtake — 01. A new report suggests that India s population will [overtake] that of China before 2030. 02. The military leader invoked religious principles to justify his [overtaking] the government. 03. The Jamaican runner [overtook] his American rival in …   Grammatical examples in English

  • overtake — /oh veuhr tayk /, v., overtook, overtaken, overtaking. v.t. 1. to catch up with in traveling or pursuit; draw even with: By taking a cab to the next town, we managed to overtake and board the train. 2. to catch up with and pass, as in a race;… …   Universalium

  • overtake — [[t]o͟ʊvə(r)te͟ɪk[/t]] overtakes, overtaking, overtook, overtaken 1) VERB If you overtake a vehicle or a person that is ahead of you and moving in the same direction, you pass them. [mainly BRIT] [V n] When he eventually overtook the last truck… …   English dictionary

  • overtake */ — UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈteɪk] / US [ˌoʊvərˈteɪk] verb Word forms overtake : present tense I/you/we/they overtake he/she/it overtakes present participle overtaking past tense overtook UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈtʊk] / US [ˌoʊvərˈtʊk] past participle overtaken UK… …   English dictionary

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