Definition for overcame (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), o·ver·came, o·ver·come, o·ver·com·ing.
verb (used without object), o·ver·came, o·ver·come, o·ver·com·ing.
Examples from the Web for overcame
In that vein, Burns and Ward stress how TR, ER, and FDR “overcame … the traumas of their childhoods” and young adult lives.
Boies recounts how he overcame those obstacles by compelling arguments.
Three-term Senator Pat Roberts overcame a legal challenge to stay on the ballot in Kansas's Republican primary on Monday.There's No Place Like Home For Kansas Senator Pat Roberts|Ben Jacobs|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Senate overcame procedural obstacles thrown up by Ted Cruz to pass a clean increase in the debt ceiling on Wednesday.Senate Raises Debt Ceiling After GOP 'Dysfunction'|Ben Jacobs|February 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the book, Matilda overcame her neglectful parents by teaching herself how to read Dickens and perform complicated math.‘Matilda’ Star Mara Wilson Reviews ‘Matilda the Musical’|Ramin Setoodeh|April 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On this account he overcame his slight feeling against Mr. Dare, and put a question to test that gentleman's capacities.A Laodicean|Thomas Hardy
But in time I overcame such difficulties as beset me, and soon learned to spend thousands of dollars with comparative ease.Peeps at People|John Kendrick Bangs
From Scathach he learned supreme skill in arms, and overcame her Amazonian rival Aife.The Religion of the Ancient Celts|J. A. MacCulloch
A feeling of sorrow and bitterness, not without a kind of strange consolation, overcame him.On the Eve|Ivan Turgenev
Thereat they fought on, recking of nought; but the end of it was that Gunnlaug overcame Raven, and there Raven lost his life.
British Dictionary definitions for overcame
verb -comes, -coming, -came or -come
Word Origin and History for overcame
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.