Definition Of overtake


(especially of misfortune) come suddenly or unexpectedly upon.

the pattern of economic ruin overtook them

catch up with and pass while traveling in the same direction.

the driver overtook a line of vehicles

Example Of overtake

  • A driver attempted to overtake them but couldn't complete the move, and pulled towards their SUV.

  • A heady rush of feelings and pleasures overtook her.

  • 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.

  • A sudden feeling of loss overtook Peter with surprising speed.

  • According to US tourism statistics, Britons have now overtaken the Japanese in terms of the numbers flying to New York.

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