Definition of overcome in English:

overcome

verb

[with object]
  • 1Succeed 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.’
    • ‘Oh, we plan to eventually overcome that minor obstacle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It overcame adversity, worked hard, and came back even stronger.’
    • ‘The hunter eventually overcame his fear and stooped to examine the water.’
    • ‘But we have successfully overcome the various obstacles and hurdles placed in our path.’
    • ‘I learned to cover my pains and overcame my poverty with hard work and a new hope for my future.’
    • ‘To overcome the problems associated with this, the mole is used.’
    • ‘The split rate application overcomes coverage problems associated with shading.’
    • ‘However, we successfully overcame this difficulty by the following two modifications.’
    • ‘Although the dust problem was eventually overcome, the report does not tell how.’
    • ‘There are occasionally plateaus or psychological barriers to overcome in order to progress.’
    • ‘But they had come so far and overcome so much adversity, how could it possibly end like this?’
    • ‘Persepolis overcomes this problem through two simple techniques.’
    • ‘For example, governments can try to overcome the information problems associated with landowners and renters.’
    • ‘She's been able to overcome so many adversities.’
    • ‘Glasgow is working hard to overcome these problems and the city is undergoing rapid economic change.’
    • ‘In the course of time, Appu overcomes these difficulties.’
    • ‘Many governments are trying to overcome their problems and some are succeeding.’
    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. 1.1 Defeat (an opponent)
      ‘an experienced England side overcame the determined home team’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tai Chi uses the power of relaxation, rather than force, to overcome an opponent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, the suspect overcame the guard and fled the scene on a scooter.’
      • ‘First, both leaders overcame their opponents by a small margin and assumed presidency at a relatively young age.’
      • ‘Each side stakes men's lives and ammunition in an attempt to overcome the other side.’
      • ‘The first men to arrive at the top easily overcame the guard.’
      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’
      • ‘The feeling of excitement overcame the nausea, and I was able to walk again.’
      • ‘So overcome with emotion was he that he even embraced a prison guard as he was given back his personal possessions.’
      • ‘A feeling to look at my side overcame me strongly.’
      • ‘She was overcome with emotions as she gazed at the purest sunset she had ever laid eyes on.’
      • ‘Mixed feelings overcame the young man and he searched for a reason why his biological mother would give him up.’
      • ‘Closing his eyes, an overwhelming, nauseating, sick and dizzying feeling overcame him.’
      • ‘She closed her eyes, finding that her exhaustion easily overcame her fear.’
      • ‘He tried walked down the street but he was suddenly overcome by feelings of aloneness.’
      • ‘As they let themselves in, a feeling of pride overcame them.’
      • ‘But in the end she is overcome with guilt that manifests itself in crazed hallucinations.’
      • ‘You've been doing this far too long to suddenly be overcome by guilty feelings.’
      • ‘Reason is easily overcome by emotion, but emotion can be apathetic or energetic.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘She was overcome with the feeling that she had to do something and she wasn't doing it.’
      • ‘It is perfectly acceptable for a real man to cry when he is overcome with emotion.’
      • ‘That is why despair overcomes any other emotion.’
      • ‘Suddenly I was overcome with a desire to ride as fast as possible.’
      overwhelmed, emotional, moved, affected, struck, choky, speechless, at a loss for words, shaken, disturbed
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Origin

Old English ofercuman (see over-, come).

Pronunciation

overcome

/əʊvəˈkʌm/