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. (economics) To become greater than something else
  3. To occur unexpectedly; take by surprise; surprise and overcome; carry away
    "Our plans were overtaken by events."

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