Definition of overtake in English:

overtake

Line breaks: over|take
Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈteɪk
 
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verb (past overtook; past participle overtaken)

[with object]
1chiefly British Catch up with and pass while travelling in the same direction: the driver overtook a line of vehicles [no object]: he overtook in the face of oncoming traffic
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  • It is thought a dark-coloured Vauxhall Corsa, travelling south, overtook a line of traffic headed by a container lorry.
  • The Focus had stopped when a vehicle, travelling in the opposite direction, overtook another vehicle, which had stopped so the driver could remove an obstruction from the road.
  • He told the inquiry he was aware there was a vehicle, a Transit van, behind him which overtook the bus, passing by closely.
Synonyms
pass, get past, go past, go by, overhaul, get/pull ahead of, leave behind, outdistance, outstrip; gain on, catch up with, draw level with, go faster than; Britishundertake
1.1Become greater or more successful than: Germany rapidly overtook Britain in industrial output
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  • Last year, asparagus overtook coffee as Peru's top export crop and accounted for roughly a quarter of the country's farm exports.
  • Coffee has overtaken tea as the most popular drink outside the home.
  • While chipping at the landing is still the principal means of comminution, bundling is growing rapidly and could easily overtake roadside chipping within a few years.
Synonyms
2(Especially of misfortune) come suddenly or unexpectedly upon: disaster overtook the town in ad 296
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  • A Shandean fate overtook his body, which was taken by grave-robbers, recognized at an anatomy lecture in Cambridge, and secretly returned to its grave.
  • This is the evil that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all.
  • She is concerned that, unless things change fairly rapidly, a similar fate will overtake her own premises.
2.1(Of a feeling) affect (someone) suddenly and powerfully: weariness overtook him and he retired to bed
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  • I was suddenly overtaken by feelings of panic and fear.
  • This year a general mood of depression has overtaken people whose lives depend on agriculture.
  • A sudden feeling of loss overtook Peter with surprising speed.
Synonyms
befall, happen to, come upon, hit, strike, fall on, overwhelm, overpower, overcome, be visited on, engulf, sweep over, take by surprise, surprise, catch unawares, catch unprepared, catch off guard
literary betide, whelm

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