overtake

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 he pulled over to the inside lane...

The red car was pulling out ready to overtake.

(in AM, usually use pass)
2) VERB If someone or something overtakes a competitor, they become more successful than them.

[V n] It's the first time at these games that the Americans have overtaken the Cubans...

[V n] Lung cancer has now overtaken breast cancer as a cause of death for women in the US...

[V n] Sales are booming in Japan, which has overtaken Britain as the Mini's biggest market.

3) VERB If an event overtakes you, it happens unexpectedly or suddenly.

[V n] Tragedy was shortly to overtake him, however.

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4) VERB If a feeling overtakes you, it affects you very strongly. [LITERARY]

[V n] Something like panic overtook me in a flood...

[V n] From the moment Edward had told her of the escape attempt, she had been overtaken by a sense of impending doom.

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English dictionary. 2008.

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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 — ► 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 …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 */ — 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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