overtake Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"overtake" in British English

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overtakeverb

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈteɪk/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ (overtook, overtaken)

overtake verb (GO PAST)

C1 [T] to go past something by being a ​greateramount or ​degree: Our US ​sales have now overtaken ​oursales in ​Europe. We'd ​planned to ​hold a ​meetingtomorrow, but events have overtaken us (= things have ​changed).B2 [I or T] UK (US pass) to come from behind another ​vehicle or a ​person and ​move in ​front of them: Always ​checkyourrearviewmirror before you overtake (another ​car).
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overtake verb (HAPPEN)

[T] to ​happen to a ​person or a ​placesuddenly and ​unexpectedly: The ​family was overtaken by ​tragedy several ​years ago, and they still haven't ​recovered.
(Definition of overtake from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overtake" in American English

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overtakeverb [T]

 us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈteɪk/ (past tense overtook  /ˌoʊ·vərˈtʊk/ , past participle overtaken  /ˌoʊ·vərˈteɪ·kən/ )

overtake verb [T] (GO PAST)

to go beyond something by being a ​greateramount 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.

overtake verb [T] (HAPPEN)

(esp. of ​unpleasantemotions or ​events) to ​happensuddenly and unexpectedly: The ​family was overtaken by ​tragedy several ​years ago.
(Definition of overtake from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"overtake" in Business English

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overtakeverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌəʊvəˈteɪk/ (overtook, overtaken)
to ​grow, ​develop, or ​progress more quickly than something else: Our US ​sales have now overtaken our ​sales in ​Europe. Plastic soon overtook ​cash as Britain's most popular ​method of ​payment.
(Definition of overtake from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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