Meaning of OVERTAKE in English


/oh'veuhr tayk"/ , v. , overtook, overtaken, overtaking .


1. to catch up with in traveling or pursuit; draw even with: By taking a cab to the next town, we managed to overtake and board the train.

2. to catch up with and pass, as in a race; move by: He overtook the leader three laps from the finish.

3. to move ahead of in achievement, production, score, etc.; surpass: to overtake all other countries in steel production.

4. to happen to or befall someone suddenly or unexpectedly, as night, a storm, or death: The pounding rainstorm overtook them just outside the city.


5. to pass another vehicle: Never overtake on a curve.

[ 1175-1225; ME overtaken; see OVER-, TAKE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .