Meaning of OVERTAKE in English

OVERTAKE

v.

Pronunciation: ˌ ō -v ə r- ' t ā k

Function: transitive verb

Inflected Form: -took \ - ' tu ̇ k \ ; -tak · en \ - ' t ā -k ə n \ ; -tak · ing

Etymology: Middle English, from 1 over + taken to take

Date: 13th century

1 a : to catch up with b : to catch up with and pass by

2 : to come upon suddenly

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