• WordNet 3.6
    • v overtake catch up with and possibly overtake "The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp"
    • v overtake overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
    • v overtake travel past "The sports car passed all the trucks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Overtake Hence, figuratively, in the past participle (overtaken), drunken.
    • Overtake 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.""He had him overtaken in his flight."
    • Overtake To come upon from behind; to discover; to surprise; to capture; to overcome. "If a man be overtaken in a fault.""I shall see
      The winged vengeance overtake such children."
    • Overtake 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.
    • Overtake 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overtake 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.
    • overtake To take by surprise; come upon unexpectedly; surprise and overcome; carry away.
    • overtake Hence To overpower the senses of.
    • overtake Specifically, to overcome with drink; intoxicate: chiefly in the past participle.
    • n overtake The act or fact of overtaking.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overtake ō-vėr-tāk′ to come up with: to catch: to come upon: to take by surprise
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  • Josh Billings
    “The happiest time in a man's life is when he is in the red hot pursuit of a dollar with a reasonable prospect of overtaking it.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “When death overtakes us; all that we have is left to others; all that we are we take with us.”
  • Og Mandino
    “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.”
  • James Thurber
    “Love is the strange bewilderment that overtakes one person on account of another person.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Since Time is not a person we can overtake when he is gone, let us honor him with mirth and cheerfulness of heart while he is passing.”


In literature:

He won't go far, before I overtake him.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
We had no fear of being able to reach the mesa before they could overtake us.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Do not be concerned for whatever overtakes me.
"The Eyes of Asia" by Rudyard Kipling
So should we go through life, not trembling with the fear of misfortunes, but ready to encounter them should they overtake us.
"Mary Liddiard" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was plain, at first sight, that this rider could easily overtake the bull.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
Miss O'Reilly had been for some time aware that a severe affliction was about to overtake her.
"The Heir of Kilfinnan" by W.H.G. Kingston
He pushed on as well as he could among the crowd, hoping to overtake Brinsmead, but probably passed him.
"John Deane of Nottingham" by W.H.G. Kingston
It seemed as if Ted would never overtake his prize.
"Ted and the Telephone" by Sara Ware Bassett
After an hour's sleep you will be able to start fresh, maybe overtake me.
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
They apparently were afraid of venturing farther out into the ocean, or saw that it would be hopeless to attempt overtaking us.
"Tales of the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

I do not see why I should e'er turn back,
Or those should not set forth upon my track
To overtake me, who should miss me here
And long to know if still I held them dear.
"Into My Own" by Robert Frost
Thou who dost dwell and linger here below,
Since the condition of this world is frail,
Where of all plants afflictions soonest grow;
If troubles overtake thee, do not wail:
"The Water-Course" by George Herbert
She, sole mother and maker,
Stronger than sorrow, than strife;
Deathless, though death overtake her;
Faithful, though faith should forsake her;
Spirit, and saviour, and life."
"Tenebrae" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Like the dear friends who ne'er forsake me—
Whatever sorrows overtake me—
In spite of all my faults which make me
Myself detest,
They still cling to and kindly take me
Unto their breast.
"Suggested" by David John Scott
UNcessant Minutes, whil'st you move  you tell
The time that tells our life,  which  though it run
Never so fast or farr,  you'r new  begun
Short steps shall overtake ;  for though life well
"This Watch For When He Could Not Fleep" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
Thus while I sit and sigh the day
With all his borrow’d lights away,
Till night’s black wings do overtake me,
Thinking on thee, thy beauties then,
As sudden lights do sleepy men,
So they by their bright rays awake me.
"When, Dearest, I But Think of Thee" by John Suckling

In news:

As waves overtake the beach on Sunday.
The Oakland As overtake the Texas Rangers for the A.L.
Despite the economy, Infonetics forecasts smartphones will continue growing, overtaking regular handsets by 2012.
The Falcons used a four-goal third period to overtake the host Chiefs at Arctic Edge Ice Arena and register their first victory of the season.
China overtakes US in number of patent filings.
GENEVA—GENEVA—The UN says the Chinese filed the most patent applications in the world last year, overtaking the US for the first time.
Poised to overtake Saudi oil production .
US to Overtake Saudi Arabia in Oil Production .
Windows 7 Set To Overtake XP To Become The Most Popular Operating System .
China, India to Overtake US Economy.
Razorfish's Paul Gelb: Mobile Ad Spend Will Overtake TV.
China to Overtake US Economy by 2030.
Oil Output to Overtake Saudi Arabia's by 2020.
Navy overcomes late deficit to overtake Army 17-13.
Singapore 'to Overtake Vegas' as Gambling Hub.

In science:

As the magnetic pressure overtakes the gas pressure leading to the low beta corona, the percentage of emission in filamentary loops steadily increases until the network completely disappears at temperatures above 106 K.
The Structure and Dynamics of the Upper Chromosphere and Lower Transition Region as Revealed by the Subarcsecond VAULT Observations
They occur inside the fast-moving ejecta when the time-varying outflow from the central engine leads to the ejection of successive shells of material with different Lorentz factors and when the faster shells overtake and collide with the slower ones.
Statistical Analysis of the Observable Data of Gamma-Ray Bursts
This enforces the singlefile nature of the channel by preventing an ion overtaking its neighbour.
From Brownian Dynamics to Markov Chain: an Ion Channel Example
This indicates that MMCTest gets competitive for a realistic precision and starts overtaking the naive method for multiple testing settings which are evaluated with high precision.
MMCTest - A Safe Algorithm for Implementing Multiple Monte Carlo Tests
However λP S only grows logarithmically for large β , so that at some point the intensity will overtake.
Bounds for the probability generating functional of a Gibbs point process