verb (used with object), o·ver·took, o·ver·tak·en, o·ver·tak·ing.
verb (used without object), o·ver·took, o·ver·tak·en, o·ver·tak·ing.
Origin of overtake
Examples from the Web for overtake
Their role, Sudani said, is not to overtake the Iraqi military but to help it.
Uganda has intervened on the side of the Government of South Sudan, including providing air support to overtake opposition forces.Before There’s a Genocide: The Slaughter in South Sudan Must Stop|Justine Fleischner, John Prendergast|April 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This year, as CNBC reports, technology could overtake apparel as the go-to gift.
If the recount would have continued on Dec. 9, Gore would not have picked up enough overvotes to overtake Bush.What if the Supreme Court Had Declined to Hear Bush v. Gore?|Megan McArdle|April 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When he finally goes to see a dentist, he learns that he has an abscess: the tooth is rotten, threatening to overtake his jaw.
Deck then halted, to allow the rest of the regiment to overtake him.An Undivided Union|Oliver Optic
So, go in peace; and if any trouble should overtake you, do not hesitate to consult the Abbé Plomb.The Cathedral|Joris-Karl Huysmans
I ought to linger nowhere; for misfortune flies to overtake me, and injures all that are connected with me.Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and Travels, Vol. I (of 2)|Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It did not occur to him that the Lipans could overtake them, and their pursuit merely added a fresh spice to a magnificent ride.The Texan Star|Joseph A. Altsheler
But, alas, tempests and snow-storms too often overtake the unfortunate boatmen!Visit to Iceland|Ida Pfeiffer
verb -takes, -taking, -took or -taken
"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."