overtake
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈəʊvə(ɹ).teɪk/
  • (America) IPA: /oʊvɚˈteɪk/
Verb

overtake (overtakes, present participle overtaking; past overtook, past participle overtaken)

  1. To pass a more slowly moving object or entity.
    The racehorse overtook the lead pack on the last turn.
    The car was so slow we were overtaken by a bus.
  2. (economics) To become greater than something else
  3. To occur unexpectedly; take by surprise; surprise and overcome; carry away
    Our plans were overtaken by events.
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