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verb overtake pronunciation in American English /ˌoʊvərˈteɪk/
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present tense
present participleovertaking
past tenseovertook
past participleovertaken
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to become better than another person

    The women students seem to be overtaking the men.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to go past a particular limit

      Sales look like they will overtake last year’s total.

    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] British to pass another vehicle
  2. 2
    [transitive] literary to take control of someone or something

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