Uganda has intervened on the side of the Government of South Sudan, including providing air support to overtake opposition forces.
If the recount would have continued on Dec. 9, Gore would not have picked up enough overvotes to overtake Bush.
That gave Keller two days, but not enough to overtake Thomson.
"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."