Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


He had started on the return journey, and was only a mile from Yuin when we overtook him.

Then he galloped down the trail, and overtook her at the Point o' Rocks.

A conviction that it was Charles Channing who was drowned, overtook them all.

He sprang to his feet, bolted out, and overtook her at once.

Mukhorty overtook them, and struck his hoofs against the back of the sledge in front of them.

They overtook it, and passed through the gateway with the little procession.

By an impulse which he could not resist he followed her, overtook her, and looked into her face.

He overtook the lawyer just as the latter reached the side door.

She overtook the Marquis as he was in the act of stepping his carriage.

Wyndham overtook them as they turned down to the river by St. Thomas's Hospital.


"to come up to, to catch in pursuit," early 13c., from over- + take (v.). According to OED, originally "the running down and catching of a fugitive or beast of chase"; it finds the sense of over- in this word "not so clear." Related: Overtaken; overtaking. Old English had oferniman "to take away, carry off, seize, ravish."