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o·ver·take

overtake

 
pronunciation:
o vr teIk
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part of speech: verb
inflections: overtakes, overtaking, overtook, overtaken
definition 1: to catch up or come even with.
The cat overtook the mouse and pounced.
synonyms:
catch up, overhaul
similar words:
approach, catch, gain, reach, take
definition 2: to pass by after catching up with.
She overtook me and won the race.
synonyms:
overcome, overhaul, pass
similar words:
catch up, exceed, lap, outrun, surpass
definition 3: to come upon suddenly.
The storm overtook us before we got back to camp.
similar words:
befall, catch, overcome, overwhelm, surprise
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The word overtake contains the following part:
over- Old English prefix that means excessively, too much; over, on top, above