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- To pass a slower moving object or entity (on the side closest to oncoming traffic).
- The racehorse overtook the lead pack on the last turn.
- The car was so slow we were overtaken by a bus.
- 2019 October, “Funding for 20tph East London service”, in Modern Railways, page 18:
- The station is planned to include platform loops enabling fast trains to overtake slower ones and is expected to be served by at least four trains per hour towards London.
- (economics) To become greater than something else
- To occur unexpectedly; take by surprise; surprise and overcome; carry away
- Our plans were overtaken by events.
to pass a more slowly moving object
to catch up with, but not pass
economics: to become greater than something else
to occur unexpectedly take by surprise; surprise and overcome
overtake (plural overtakes)
- An act of overtaking; an overtaking maneuver.
- There wasn't enough distance left before the bend for an overtake, so I had to trundle behind the tractor for another mile.
- Alternative form of