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
Related Words for overtookbeat, overwhelm, befall, outstrip, outdo, outdistance, engulf, hit, reach, better, strike, overhaul, happen
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He had started on the return journey, and was only a mile from Yuin when we overtook him.Explorations in Australia
Then he galloped down the trail, and overtook her at the Point o' Rocks.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
A conviction that it was Charles Channing who was drowned, overtook them all.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
He sprang to his feet, bolted out, and overtook her at once.Salted With Fire
Mukhorty overtook them, and struck his hoofs against the back of the sledge in front of them.Master and Man
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."