Overtake

  • 1 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

  • 2 overtake — index beat (defeat), invade, reach Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 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

  • 12 overtake — verb Overtake is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑car, ↑sleep, ↑weariness Overtake is used with these nouns as the object: ↑car, ↑leader …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 overtake — o|ver|take [ˌəuvəˈteık US ˌouvər ] v past tense overtook [ ˈtuk] past participle overtaken [ ˈteıkən] 1.) [I and T] to go past a moving vehicle or person because you are going faster than them and want to get in front of them ▪ He pulled out to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 overtake — o|ver|take [ ,ouvər teık ] (past tense o|ver|took [ ,ouvər tuk ] ; past participle o|ver|tak|en [ ,ouvər teıkən ] ) verb * 1. ) transitive to become better than another person: The women students seem to be overtaking the men. a ) transitive to… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 overtake — verb past tense overtook, past participle overtaken 1 (I, T) to go past a moving vehicle or person because you are going faster than them and want to get in front of them: He pulled out to overtake the red van. 2 (T) if something bad overtakes… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 overtake — [ˌəʊvəˈteɪk] (past tense overtook [ˌəʊvəˈtʊk] ; past participle overtaken [ˌəʊvəˈteɪkən] ) verb 1) [T] to become better, bigger, or faster than someone or something else The women students seem to be overtaking the men.[/ex] 2) [I/T] British to… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 17 overtake — transitive verb (overtook; overtaken; taking) Etymology: Middle English, from 1over + taken to take Date: 13th century 1. a. to catch up with b. to catch up with and pass by 2. to come upon suddenly …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 overtake — verb /ˈəʊvə(ɹ).teɪk,ˈovəɻteɪk/ a) To pass a more slowly moving object. I overtook and passed the doctor between Woking and Send. 1898, , b) To catch up with, but not pass, a more slowly moving vehicle, animal etc. Our plans were overtaken by… …

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  • 19 overtake — Synonyms and related words: attend, befall, booze up, boozify, catch up with, come after, come up to, come up with, come upon, crock, displace, emanate, ensue, follow after, follow up, fuddle, gain on, gain upon, go after, hit, issue, lap, leave… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 overtake — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. catch [up with], pass, reach, overhaul. See arrival. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. overhaul, catch up with, get to, pass; see catch 3 , reach 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. pass, *leave swirling… …

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