Overcome meaning

ōvər-kŭm
To be victorious; win.
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(intransitive) To win or prevail in some sort of battle, contest, etc.

We shall overcome.

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To master, prevail over, or surmount.

To overcome obstacles.

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To surmount (a physical or abstract obstacle); to prevail over, to get the better of.

To overcome enemies in battle.

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(usually in passive) To overwhelm with emotion.

I was overcome with anger.

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To come or pass over; to spread over.
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To overcome is to prevail in spite of adversity, to successfully solve a problem or defeat an opponent, or to be consumed with something.

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.

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To surmount opposition; be victorious.
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To get the better of in competition, struggle, etc.; conquer.
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To make helpless; overpower or overwhelm.

Overcome by pity.

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To defeat (another) in competition or conflict.

Overcame the opposing team in the last quarter.

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To deal with successfully; prevail over; surmount.

Tried to overcome the obstacles of poverty.

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To overpower, as with emotion; affect deeply.

Was overcome with grief.

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Origin of overcome

  • 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 überkommen (“to overcome"), Danish overkomme (“to overcome"), Swedish överkomma (“to overcome").

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