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Definition of Overtake


  1. To come up with in a course, pursuit, progress, or motion; to catch up with.
  2. To come upon from behind; to discover; to surprise; to capture; to overcome.
  3. Hence, figuratively, in the past participle (overtaken), drunken.

Overtake Quotations

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. - Og Mandino
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
Og Mandino

Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense.
Julian Casablancas

Your sweetheart calls you by another's name. His eyes linger too long on your best friend. He talks with excitement about a girl at work. And the fire catches. Jealousy - that sickening combination of possessiveness, suspicion, rage, and humiliation - can overtake your mind and threaten your very core as you contemplate your rival.
Helen Fisher

Back in George W. Bush's second term, when diplomatic realism began to overtake foolish bellicosity, the president developed one of his patented nicknames for the two most powerful neoconservative journalists, William Kristol and Charles Krauthammer: he called them 'the Bomber Boys.'
Joe Klein

We all wish to live. We all seek a world in which men are freed of the burdens of ignorance, poverty, hunger and disease. And we shall all be hard-pressed to escape the deadly rain of nuclear fall-out should catastrophe overtake us.
Haile Selassie
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Overtake Translations

overtake in Afrikaans is verbysteek, verbygaan
overtake in Dutch is inhalen
overtake in French is distancons, doubler, rejoindre, distancent
overtake in Italian is sorpassare, a prendere
overtake in Latin is adipiscor
overtake in Portuguese is alcance
overtake in Spanish is adelantar, alcanzar, dar alcance
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