Definition of overcome in US English:

overcome

verbovercame

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

    ‘she worked hard to overcome her paralyzing shyness’
    • ‘The hunter eventually overcame his fear and stooped to examine the water.’
    • ‘The split rate application overcomes coverage problems associated with shading.’
    • ‘In the course of time, Appu overcomes these difficulties.’
    • ‘But they had come so far and overcome so much adversity, how could it possibly end like this?’
    • ‘Life was very hard for these early pioneers and they had to overcome many problems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For example, governments can try to overcome the information problems associated with landowners and renters.’
    • ‘Persepolis overcomes this problem through two simple techniques.’
    • ‘Oh, we plan to eventually overcome that minor obstacle.’
    • ‘You can easily overcome these obstacles using tools for working anywhere, anytime.’
    • ‘Many governments are trying to overcome their problems and some are succeeding.’
    • ‘It overcame adversity, worked hard, and came back even stronger.’
    • ‘Although the dust problem was eventually overcome, the report does not tell how.’
    • ‘But we have successfully overcome the various obstacles and hurdles placed in our path.’
    • ‘To overcome the problems associated with this, the mole is used.’
    • ‘She's been able to overcome so many adversities.’
    • ‘However, we successfully overcame this difficulty by the following two modifications.’
    • ‘Glasgow is working hard to overcome these problems and the city is undergoing rapid economic change.’
    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); prevail.
      ‘without firing a shot they overcame the guards’
      no object ‘we shall overcome’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first men to arrive at the top easily overcame the guard.’
      • ‘Each side stakes men's lives and ammunition in an attempt to overcome the other side.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The last four years of his life were a constant struggle to overcome rivals.’
      • ‘No little effort was required to overcome stubborn opponents who showed why they have been rejuvenated of late.’
      • ‘Tai Chi uses the power of relaxation, rather than force, to overcome an opponent.’
      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. 1.2usually be overcome (of an emotion) overpower or overwhelm.
      ‘she was obviously overcome with excitement’
      • ‘The feeling of excitement overcame the nausea, and I was able to walk again.’
      • ‘She felt a strange, warm feeling overcome her, and she wondered what had caused it.’
      • ‘Closing his eyes, an overwhelming, nauseating, sick and dizzying feeling overcame him.’
      • ‘Suddenly I was overcome with a desire to ride as fast as possible.’
      • ‘A feeling of depression overcame Gaia and her facial expression moved to a frown.’
      • ‘So overcome with emotion was he that he even embraced a prison guard as he was given back his personal possessions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is perfectly acceptable for a real man to cry when he is overcome with emotion.’
      • ‘She was overcome with the feeling that she had to do something and she wasn't doing it.’
      • ‘He tried walked down the street but he was suddenly overcome by feelings of aloneness.’
      • ‘But in the end she is overcome with guilt that manifests itself in crazed hallucinations.’
      • ‘But on those first days and nights, I was overcome with murderous rage.’
      • ‘She couldn't control herself and soon she was overcome by her grief.’
      • ‘Mixed feelings overcame the young man and he searched for a reason why his biological mother would give him up.’
      • ‘That is why despair overcomes any other emotion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She closed her eyes, finding that her exhaustion easily overcame her fear.’
      • ‘Reason is easily overcome by emotion, but emotion can be apathetic or energetic.’
      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

/ˌoʊvərˈkəm//ˌōvərˈkəm/