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English definition of “overtake”


verb [T] (HAPPEN)    /ˌəʊ.vəˈteɪk/ US  /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ (overtook, overtaken)
to happen to a person or a place suddenly and unexpectedly : The family was overtaken by tragedy several years ago, and they still haven't recovered .Surprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset
(Definition of overtake verb (HAPPEN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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