overtake

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From Middle English overtaken, equivalent to over- +‎ take.

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overtake ‎(third-person singular simple present overtakes, present participle overtaking, simple past overtook, past participle overtaken)

  1. To pass a more slowly moving object.
  2. To catch up with, but not pass, a more slowly moving vehicle, animal etc.
    "I overtook and passed the doctor between Woking and Send." 1898, H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds
  3. (economics) To become greater than something else
  4. To occur unexpectedly; take by surprise; surprise and overcome; carry away
    "Our plans were overtaken by events."

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