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Overtake (cf. O'ertake) 1) to come up with, to catch: Gent. I, 1, 133. Wiv. I, 1, 55. Merch. IV, 1, 452. IV, 2, 5. All's III, 4, 24. R3 II, 4, 7. Cor. I, 9, 19. Mcb. I, 4, 18. Lr. III, 7, 66.
2) to meet or pass by on the way: “giving a gentle kiss to every sedge he --th in his pilgrimage,” Gent. II, 7, 30. “to break a jest upon the company you o.” Shr. IV, 5, 73. “as I came along, I met and overtook a dozen captains,” H4B II, 4, 387.
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