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 overtook
Half of Egyptians live on less than $2 per day; average incomes in China overtook Egypt long ago.
First California and then Texas overtook New York in population.
He overtook her on the church steps, and they went in together.The Two Vanrevels|Booth Tarkington
The steward followed the men, and overtook them, and charged them with stealing.The Wonder Book of Bible Stories|Compiled by Logan Marshall
In coming from Lyphook to this place, we overtook a man who asked for relief.Rural Rides|William Cobbett
The priest, supposing Mr. Timon had made a mistake, ran after him, and overtook him in the street.
But, suddenly, he ran after the child, and overtook her at the head of the stairs.Arsne Lupin versus Herlock Sholmes|Maurice LeBlanc
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."