Definitions for overtakeˌoʊ vərˈteɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•takeˌoʊ vərˈteɪk(v.t.)-took, -tak•en, -tak•ing.

  1. to catch up with.


  2. to catch up with and pass.


  3. to befall suddenly.


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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overtake, catch, catch up with(verb)

    catch up with and possibly overtake

    "The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp"

  2. pass, overtake, overhaul(verb)

    travel past

    "The sports car passed all the trucks"

  3. overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome, overtake(verb)

    overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. overtake(verb)ˌoʊ vərˈteɪk

    to pass sb or sth in quality, importance, or amount

    Previous security issues have now been overtaken by the threat of terrorism.; a company that has overtaken its competitors in sales

  2. overtakeˌoʊ vərˈteɪk

    to pass another car going in the same direction

    You may not overtake in this area.; He overtook the car in front of him.


  1. overtake(Verb)

    To pass a more slowly moving object.

  2. overtake(Verb)

    To catch up with, but not pass, a more slowly moving vehicle, animal etc.

    "I overtook and passed the doctor between Woking and Send." 1898, H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

  3. overtake(Verb)

    To become greater than something else

  4. overtake(Verb)

    To occur unexpectedly

    "Our plans were overtaken by events."

Anagrams of overtake

  1. takeover, take over

  2. Take over

  3. Takeover

Translations for overtake

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to pass (a car etc) while driving etc

He overtook a police-car.

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