overtake

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overtake /ˌoʊvɚˈteɪk/ verb
overtakes; overtook /-ˈtʊk/ ; /ˌoʊvɚˈtʊk/; overtaken /-ˈteɪkən/ ; /ˌoʊvɚˈteɪkən/; overtaking
overtake
/ˌoʊvɚˈteɪk/
verb
overtakes; overtook /-ˈtʊk/ ; /ˌoʊvɚˈtʊk/; overtaken /-ˈteɪkən/ ; /ˌoʊvɚˈteɪkən/; overtaking
Learner's definition of OVERTAKE
[+ object] : to move up to and past (someone or something that is in front of you) by moving faster
often used figuratively
[no object] British : to go past another vehicle that is moving more slowly in the same direction
[+ object] : to happen to or affect (someone) in a sudden and unexpected way

overtaken by events

: forced to be changed because of something that has suddenly and unexpectedly happened
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