from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To catch up with; draw even or level with.
- transitive v. To pass after catching up with.
- transitive v. To come upon unexpectedly; take by surprise: geopolitical strategists who were overtaken by events in southeast Asia.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To pass a more slowly moving object.
- v. To catch up with, but not pass, a more slowly moving vehicle, animal etc.
- v. To become greater than something else
- v. To occur unexpectedly
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To come up with in a race, pursuit, progress, or motion
- transitive v. To surpass in production, achievement, etc..
- transitive v. To come upon from behind; to discover; to surprise; to capture; to overcome.
- transitive v. Hence, figuratively, in the past participle (overtaken), drunken.
- transitive v. To frustrate or render impossible or irrelevant; -- used mostly of plans, and commonly in the phrase overtaken by events.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To come up with in traveling the same way, or in pursuit (with or without the idea of passing the person or thing overtaken); catch up with in any course of thought or action.
- To take by surprise; come upon unexpectedly; surprise and overcome; carry away.
- Hence To overpower the senses of.
- Specifically, to overcome with drink; intoxicate: chiefly in the past participle.
- n. The act or fact of overtaking.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. catch up with and possibly overtake
- v. travel past
- v. overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
Or could the chap who nabbed the Tour de France title overtake them both?
Shall not his word overtake you though ministers that speak unto you will not live for ever?
It may be realized that in spite of its air of being impossible to "overtake" -- I must, in this connection, continue to quote its mistress -- there was an attractiveness about the dwelling of the
What gets Washington all jammed up is when ideology and labels overtake what is the clear reality of a circumstance.
And, helped by this widgetisation, mobile devices will perhaps overtake the computer as the principal vehicle for connectivity - overtake, that is, in those parts of the world where they have not reigned all along.
I don't understand the fact that if there are no jobs out there and the RepubliCAN'Ts are campaigning that when they 'overtake' the House and the Senate in 2010, they will bring JOBS back, correct the economy, cut taxes for the Rich, etc.
But sometimes you see his southern roots in Texas and his experience in Alabama kind of overtake him, and he seems to think the United States is one big-ass Texas.
And yet, he let his private life just kind of overtake him.
The two balls are thus being played around in the same direction, following each other; and one of the main features of the game is to have a ball "overtake" that of its opponents.
The objects of the game are (1) to complete the round of tossing and catching quicker than the opponents; (2) to "overtake" or outdistance the bag or ball which the opponents are tossing.