Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “overtake”

overtake

verb [T] (GO PAST)   /ˌoʊ·vərˈteɪk/ (past tense overtook  /ˌoʊ·vərˈtʊk/, past participle overtaken  /ˌoʊ·vərˈteɪ·kən/)
to go beyond something by being a greater amount or degree, or to come from behind and move in front of: In the 1500-meter race, he finished with a late rush to overtake Barbosa in 1 minute, 44.84 seconds. The Bruins got within three points late in the game but just couldn’t overtake the Cowboys.
(Definition of overtake verb (GO PAST) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of overtake

More American English definitions for “overtake”

Definitions of “overtake” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pump iron

to lift heavy weights for exercise

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More