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3 definitions found
 for overtake
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Overtake \O`ver*take"\, v. t. [imp. Overtook; p. p.
     Overtaken; p. pr. & vb. n. Overtaking.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. To come up with in a race, pursuit, progress, or motion;
        also, to catch up with and move ahead of.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
              Follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake
              them, say . . . Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for
              good.                                 --Gen. xliv.
                                                    4.
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              He had him overtaken in his flight.   --Spenser.
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     2. Hence: To surpass in production, achievement, etc.; as,
        although out of school for half a year due to illness, the
        student returned and overtook all the others to finish as
        valedictorian.
        [PJC]
  
     3. To come upon from behind; to discover; to surprise; to
        capture; to overcome.
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              If a man be overtaken in a fault.     --Gal. vi. 1
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              I shall see
              The winged vengeance overtake such children. --Shak.
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     4. Hence, figuratively, in the past participle (overtaken),
        drunken. [Obs.] --Holland.
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     5. To frustrate or render impossible or irrelevant; -- used
        mostly of plans, and commonly in the phrase overtaken by
        events; as, their careful marketing plan was overtaken by
        events.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  overtake
      v 1: catch up with and possibly overtake; "The Rolls Royce
           caught us near the exit ramp" [syn: overtake, catch,
           catch up with]
      2: travel past; "The sports car passed all the trucks" [syn:
         pass, overtake, overhaul]
      3: overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli [syn:
         overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome,
         overtake]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  50 Moby Thesaurus words for "overtake":
     attend, befall, booze up, boozify, catch up with, come after,
     come up to, come up with, come upon, crock, displace, emanate,
     ensue, follow after, follow up, fuddle, gain on, gain upon,
     go after, hit, issue, lap, leave behind, leave standing,
     outdistance, outpace, outrun, outsail, outstrip, overhaul,
     overwhelm, pass, pickle, plaster, pollute, reach, replace, result,
     seize, souse, stew, stone, strike, succeed, supervene, swack, take,
     tipsify, track, trail
  
  

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