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Definition of "overtake" []

  • To catch up with; draw even or level with. (verb-transitive)
  • To pass after catching up with. (verb-transitive)
  • To come upon unexpectedly; take by surprise: geopolitical strategists who were overtaken by events in southeast Asia. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "overtake" in a sentence
  • "Or could the chap who nabbed the Tour de France title overtake them both?"
  • "Shall not his word overtake you though ministers that speak unto you will not live for ever?"
  • "It may be realized that in spite of its air of being impossible to "overtake" -- I must, in this connection, continue to quote its mistress -- there was an attractiveness about the dwelling of the"