From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Overtake \O`ver*take"\, v. t. [imp. Overtook; p. p.
   Overtaken; p. pr. & vb. n. Overtaking.]
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   1. To come up with in a race, pursuit, progress, or motion;
      also, to catch up with and move ahead of.
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            Follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake
            them, say . . . Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for
            good.                                 --Gen. xliv.
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            He had him overtaken in his flight.   --Spenser.
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   2. Hence: To surpass in production, achievement, etc.; as,
      although out of school for half a year due to illness, the
      student returned and overtook all the others to finish as

   3. To come upon from behind; to discover; to surprise; to
      capture; to overcome.
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            If a man be overtaken in a fault.     --Gal. vi. 1
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            I shall see
            The winged vengeance overtake such children. --Shak.
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   4. Hence, figuratively, in the past participle (overtaken),
      drunken. [Obs.] --Holland.
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   5. To frustrate or render impossible or irrelevant; -- used
      mostly of plans, and commonly in the phrase overtaken by
      events; as, their careful marketing plan was overtaken by
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