First California and then Texas overtook New York in population.
Half of Egyptians live on less than $2 per day; average incomes in China overtook Egypt long ago.
They thought the heir had been overtook by a fit of passion, and might have done the mischief in it.
On one of these expeditions night overtook him (p. 242) not far from Mingusville.
There was a sudden silence that overtook everyone as they saw what was happening.
Pendergast overtook him, and snatched the collar of the cape-coat.
Between Musselburgh and Tranent he overtook one of his own people.
On the way home she overtook Elsmere returning from an errand for the vicar.
As the boys walked to the house they overtook Hugh and put this question to him.
In the wooded lane outside the rectory gate he overtook Catherine.
"to come up to, to catch in pursuit," early 13c., from over- + take (v.). According to OED, originally "the running down and catching of a fugitive or beast of chase"; it finds the sense of over- in this word "not so clear." Related: Overtaken; overtaking. Old English had oferniman "to take away, carry off, seize, ravish."