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overtakeverb

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈteɪk/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚˈteɪk/ (overtook, overtaken)
  • overtake verb (GO PAST)

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).
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).

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(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 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.
  • overtake verb [T] (HAPPEN)

(esp. of unpleasant emotions or events) to happen suddenly and unexpectedly: The family was overtaken by tragedy several years ago.
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"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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