- To pass a more slowly moving object or entity.
- The racehorse overtook the lead pack on the last turn.
- The car was so slow we were overtaken by a bus.
- (economics) To become greater than something else
- To occur unexpectedly; take by surprise; surprise and overcome; carry away
- Our plans were overtaken by events.
to pass a more slowly moving object
to occur unexpectedly take by surprise; surprise and overcome
- Not to be confused with take over.