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overtake

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overtake/ˌoʊvɚˈteɪk/verb
overtakesovertook/-ˈtʊk//ˌoʊvɚˈtʊk/overtaken/-ˈteɪkən//ˌoʊvɚˈteɪkən/overtaking
overtake
/ˌoʊvɚˈteɪk/
verb
overtakesovertook/-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
   b [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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