(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").