Translation of overtake in Spanish:


(past tense of/pasado de -took past participle of/participio pasado de, -taken)
Pronunciation: /ˌəʊvərˈteɪk; ˌəʊvəˈteɪk/


  • 1.1 (go past) [horse/runner] adelantar, pasar, rebasar (Mexico/México) he overtook the truck adelantó or pasó or (Mexico/México) rebasó al camión
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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.
    1.2 (surpass) superar, tomarle la delantera a
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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.
    1.3 (come upon unexpectedly) dusk overtook us when we were only halfway there se nos hizo de noche cuando apenas estábamos a mitad de camino events have overtaken us los acontecimientos se nos han adelantado


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