Overtake

Definition of Overtake

O`ver`take´
v. t.1.To come up with in a race, pursuit, progress, or motion;
Follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say . . . Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good.
- Gen. xliv. 4.
He had him overtaken in his flight.
- Spenser.
2.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.
3.To come upon from behind; to discover; to surprise; to capture; to overcome.
If a man be overtaken in a fault.
- Gal. vi. 1
I shall see
The winged vengeance overtake such children.
- Shak.
4.Hence, figuratively, in the past participle (overtaken), drunken.
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.

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