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.]
n : going by something that is moving in order to get in front
of it; "she drove but well but her reckless passing of
every car on the road frightened me" [syn: passing]