overtake definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To meet up with; draw also or amount with.
    • To pass once catching up with.
    • To come upon unexpectedly; just take by surprise: geopolitical strategists who were overtaken by activities in southeast Asia.
    • To come up with in a race, pursuit, progress, or motion
    • To surpass in production, achievement, etc..
    • ahead upon from behind; to see; to surprise; to fully capture; to overcome.
    • therefore, figuratively, in past times participle (overtaken), drunken.
    • To irritate or make impossible or unimportant; -- used mostly of programs, and commonly in the phrase overtaken by occasions.
  • verb:
    • to pass through a far more slowly moving item.
    • To meet up with, however pass, a far more gradually moving car, animal etc.
    • to be greater than something different
    • To occur unexpectedly
    • meet up with and perhaps overtake
    • travel past
    • overcome, much like feelings or perceptual stimuli
  • others:
    • to create in taking a trip the same way, or perhaps in quest (with or with no concept of moving the individual or thing overtaken); meet up with in almost any length of thought or action.
    • To simply take by shock; come upon unexpectedly; surprise and conquer; carry away.
    • thus To overpower the senses of.
    • especially, to overcome with beverage; intoxicate: chiefly in the past participle.
  • noun:
    • The work or fact of overtaking.

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