- An example of overcome is when you are born in great poverty but become a millionaire.
- An example of overcome is when you are wrongly imprisoned and you overpower the guards and escape.
- An example of overcome is when you are consumed with happiness.
transitive verb-·came′, -·come′, -·com′ing
- to get the better of in competition, struggle, etc.; conquer
- to master, prevail over, or surmount: to overcome obstacles
- to make helpless; overpower or overwhelm: overcome by pity
Origin of overcomeMiddle English ouercomen from Old English ofercuman
verbo·ver·came, o·ver·come, o·ver·com·ing, o·ver·comes
- To defeat (another) in competition or conflict: overcame the opposing team in the last quarter.
- To deal with successfully; prevail over; surmount: tried to overcome the obstacles of poverty.
- To overpower, as with emotion; affect deeply: was overcome with grief.
(third-person singular simple present overcomes, present participle overcoming, simple past overcame, past participle overcome)
- To surmount (a physical or abstract obstacle); to prevail over, to get the better of.
- to overcome enemies in battle
- (intransitive) To win or prevail in some sort of battle, contest, etc.
- We shall overcome.
- (usually in passive) To overwhelm with emotion.
- I was overcome with anger.
- To come or pass over; to spread over.
- To overflow; to surcharge.
From Middle English overcomen, from Old English ofercuman (“to overcome, subdue, compel, conquer, obtain, attain, reach, overtake"), corresponding to over- +"Ž come. Cognate with Dutch overkomen (“to overcome"), German Ã¼berkommen (“to overcome"), Danish overkomme (“to overcome"), Swedish Ã¶verkomma (“to overcome").