■ If an event overtakes you, it happens unexpectedly or suddenly. (= befall)
- Tragedy was shortly to overtake him, however.
- The positive neutrality enjoined on the force has now been overtaken by events.
- The diplomatic negotiations were soon overtaken by events.
- The climbers were overtaken by bad weather.
- Sudden panic overtook her.
- Our original plan was overtaken by events (= the situation changed very rapidly) and we had to make a new one.
.... COBUILD, LDOCE, OALD