O`ver*take"(?), v. t. [imp. Overtook (?); p. p. Overtaken (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Overtaking.]
1. To come up with in a race, pursuit, progress, or motion; also, to catch up with and move ahead of.
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Follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say . . . Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good.Gen. xliv. 4.
He had him overtaken in his flight.Spenser.
2. Hence: To surpass in production, achievement, etc.; as, although out of school for half a year due to illness, the student returned and
overtook all the others to finish as valedictorian.
3. To come upon from behind; to discover; to surprise; to capture; to overcome.
If a man be overtaken in a fault.Gal. vi. 1
I shall seeShak.
The winged vengeance overtake such children.
4. Hence, figuratively, in the past participle (overtaken), drunken.
5. To frustrate or render impossible or irrelevant; -- used mostly of plans, and commonly in the phrase
overtaken by events; as, their careful marketing plan was
overtaken by events.
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