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.
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.
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 see
The winged vengeance overtake such children. --Shak.
4. Hence, figuratively, in the past participle (overtaken), drunken. [Obs.]
v 1: catch up with and possibly overtake; "The Rolls Royce caught
us near the exit ramp" [syn: catch, catch up with]
2: travel past; "The sports car passed all the trucks" [syn: pass,
3: overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli [syn: overwhelm,
overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome]
[also: overtook, overtaken]