- to get the better of in a struggle or conflict; conquer; defeat: to overcome the enemy.
- to prevail over (opposition, a debility, temptations, etc.); surmount: to overcome one's weaknesses.
- to overpower or overwhelm in body or mind, as does liquor, a drug, exertion, or emotion: I was overcome with grief.
- Archaic. to overspread or overrun.
- to gain the victory; win; conquer: a plan to overcome by any means possible.
Origin of overcome
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Examples from the Web for overcomer
The ultimate crown is for the overcomer, and not for the untempted one.Standards of Life and Service
T. H. Howard
Every overcomer will receive all that is contained in these seven promises.
Hidden manna and a white stone in which is inscribed a new name are rewarded the overcomer.The Revelation Explained
But to be an overcomer, I knew there must be no shrinking from duty until the last battle is fought.With God in the Yellowstone
It is not that one overcomer receives one thing, and another another, but each one gets all of what is mentioned in the seven.
- (tr) to get the better of in a conflict
- (tr; often passive) to render incapable or powerless by laughter, sorrow, exhaustion, etche was overcome by fumes
- (tr) to surmount (obstacles, objections, etc)
- (intr) to be victorious
Word Origin and History for overcomer
Old English ofercuman "to reach, overtake," also "to conquer, prevail over," from ofer (see over) + cuman "to come" (see come (v.)). A common Germanic compound (cf. Middle Dutch overkomen, Old High German ubarqueman, German überkommen). In reference to mental or chemical force, "to overwhelm, render helpless," it is in late Old English. Meaning "to surmount" (a difficulty or obstacle) is from c.1200. The Civil Rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" was put together c.1950s from lyrics from Charles Tindley's spiritual "I'll Overcome Some Day" (1901), and melody from pre-Civil War spiritual "No More Auction Block for Me." Related: Overcame; overcoming.