Definition of overcome in English:



  • 1 Succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty)

    ‘he overcame his pain for a time’
    • ‘Life was very hard for these early pioneers and they had to overcome many problems.’
    • ‘You can easily overcome these obstacles using tools for working anywhere, anytime.’
    • ‘The two-way design overcomes this problem by using different tubes for intake and exhaust.’
    • ‘There are occasionally plateaus or psychological barriers to overcome in order to progress.’
    • ‘I learned to cover my pains and overcame my poverty with hard work and a new hope for my future.’
    • ‘Glasgow is working hard to overcome these problems and the city is undergoing rapid economic change.’
    • ‘But we have successfully overcome the various obstacles and hurdles placed in our path.’
    • ‘The hunter eventually overcame his fear and stooped to examine the water.’
    • ‘However, we successfully overcame this difficulty by the following two modifications.’
    • ‘Oh, we plan to eventually overcome that minor obstacle.’
    • ‘To overcome the problems associated with this, the mole is used.’
    • ‘For example, governments can try to overcome the information problems associated with landowners and renters.’
    • ‘Persepolis overcomes this problem through two simple techniques.’
    • ‘In the course of time, Appu overcomes these difficulties.’
    • ‘She's been able to overcome so many adversities.’
    • ‘But they had come so far and overcome so much adversity, how could it possibly end like this?’
    • ‘It overcame adversity, worked hard, and came back even stronger.’
    • ‘Many governments are trying to overcome their problems and some are succeeding.’
    • ‘Although the dust problem was eventually overcome, the report does not tell how.’
    • ‘The split rate application overcomes coverage problems associated with shading.’
    get the better of, prevail over, control, get control of, bring under control, get under control, bridle, tame, master, gain mastery over, deal with, conquer, defeat, vanquish, beat, solve, triumph over, best, worst, overpower, overwhelm
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    1. 1.1Defeat (an opponent)
      ‘an experienced England side overcame the determined home team’
      • ‘The first men to arrive at the top easily overcame the guard.’
      • ‘Corretja, seeded eighth, has yet to drop a set at one of his favourite tournaments but had to wait for six hours before finally overcoming his opponent.’
      • ‘Each side stakes men's lives and ammunition in an attempt to overcome the other side.’
      • ‘No little effort was required to overcome stubborn opponents who showed why they have been rejuvenated of late.’
      • ‘The last four years of his life were a constant struggle to overcome rivals.’
      • ‘First, both leaders overcame their opponents by a small margin and assumed presidency at a relatively young age.’
      • ‘Tai Chi uses the power of relaxation, rather than force, to overcome an opponent.’
      • ‘However, the suspect overcame the guard and fled the scene on a scooter.’
      defeat, beat, best, conquer, trounce, thrash, rout, vanquish, overwhelm, overpower, destroy, drub, get the better of, triumph over, prevail over, gain a victory over, win against, win over, outdo, outclass, outstrip, surpass, excel, worst, subdue, quash, crush
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    2. 1.2(of a feeling or emotion) overpower or overwhelm.
      ‘she was obviously overcome with excitement’
      • ‘As they let themselves in, a feeling of pride overcame them.’
      • ‘You've been doing this far too long to suddenly be overcome by guilty feelings.’
      • ‘A feeling to look at my side overcame me strongly.’
      • ‘It is perfectly acceptable for a real man to cry when he is overcome with emotion.’
      • ‘Mixed feelings overcame the young man and he searched for a reason why his biological mother would give him up.’
      • ‘He tried walked down the street but he was suddenly overcome by feelings of aloneness.’
      • ‘So overcome with emotion was he that he even embraced a prison guard as he was given back his personal possessions.’
      • ‘She was overcome with emotions as she gazed at the purest sunset she had ever laid eyes on.’
      • ‘But on those first days and nights, I was overcome with murderous rage.’
      • ‘A feeling of depression overcame Gaia and her facial expression moved to a frown.’
      • ‘She closed her eyes, finding that her exhaustion easily overcame her fear.’
      • ‘She couldn't control herself and soon she was overcome by her grief.’
      • ‘She felt a strange, warm feeling overcome her, and she wondered what had caused it.’
      • ‘Suddenly I was overcome with a desire to ride as fast as possible.’
      • ‘Closing his eyes, an overwhelming, nauseating, sick and dizzying feeling overcame him.’
      • ‘Reason is easily overcome by emotion, but emotion can be apathetic or energetic.’
      • ‘But in the end she is overcome with guilt that manifests itself in crazed hallucinations.’
      • ‘That is why despair overcomes any other emotion.’
      • ‘She was overcome with the feeling that she had to do something and she wasn't doing it.’
      • ‘The feeling of excitement overcame the nausea, and I was able to walk again.’
      overwhelmed, emotional, moved, affected, struck, choky, speechless, at a loss for words, shaken, disturbed
      bowled over
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Old English ofercuman (see over-, come).