from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense of overtake.

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  • v. Simple past of overtake.


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  • Huon de Domville's displeasure, when the word overtook him, would be vented elsewhere.

    The Leper of Saint Giles

  • The enraged Giant tore up a great tree as if it had been a sapling, and throwing it over the chasm thus made a bridge, by means of which he crossed the gap, and again overtook Finette and Yvon just as they reached the coast.

    Folk Tales From Many Lands

  • For a long few seconds, nothing happened, and then a very odd expression overtook his irritation, smoothed it out, and made it into a blank mask.

    Thin Air

  • And lo, as it reached the middle of the glade, the dogs that followed the stag overtook it, and brought it down.

    The Mabinogion Vol. 3 (of 3)

  • And lo, as it reached the middle of the glade, the dogs that followed the stag overtook it and brought it down.

    The Mabinogion

  • "The CBS Evening News" overtook "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" on NBC in the ratings during the 1967-68 television season, not after Chet Huntley retired in 1970.

    Craig Silverman: The Year in Media Errors and Corrections 2009

  • And Keynes, so Mr. Ahamed insists, was right: "There is no greater testament of his legacy ... than that in the 60-odd years since he spoke, ... armed with his insights, the world has avoided an economic catastrophe such as overtook it in the years from 1929-33."

    How Bullion Lost Its Luster

  • I finally dug the story out this spring, but the other big projects kind of overtook my time yeah, and travel.


  • I think what happened was that the reality just kind of overtook them.

    CNN Transcript Oct 27, 2005

  • At one point, the violence kind of overtook the situation, and I realized that the real story was what was happening with these soldiers and the Iraqi civilians kind of caught in the middle of this.

    CNN Transcript Mar 2, 2005


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