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overtake

verb (GO PAST)    /ˌəʊ.vəˈteɪk/ US  /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ (overtook, overtaken)
C1 [T] to go past something by being a greater amount or degree : Our US sales have now overtaken our sales in Europe . We'd planned to hold a meeting tomorrow , but events have overtaken us (= things have changed ).Surpassing in quality or number B2 [I or T] UK (US pass) to come from behind another vehicle or a person and move in front of them: Always check your rear view mirror before you overtake (another car ).Driving and operating road vehicles
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