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.
- overcoat, the,
Origin of overcome
Examples from the Web for overcome
She fails to appreciate the congressional and constitutional obstacles Johnson had to overcome to win passage of the bill.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
She was separated from her colleagues after they were overcome by smoke and heat and ordered to withdraw.
To overcome these impediments, at least two tour operators bring visitors into the region.
What kind of advice would you give to young women to overcome that glass ceiling?
And that suggests these attacks were such that the victims were driven to overcome the usual reluctance to file a report.
It is not the persons who sin the least, but those who overcome the strongest temptations, who are the most virtuous.
But I have wrestled with misfortune in vain; I have struggled with want, till want has overcome me.Bentley's Miscellany, Volume II|Various
Night and day he had been examining evidence, pondering the difficulties to be overcome, and the chances of success.
Some one suggested that he might have been overcome by fear, and might have hidden himself.Our Home in the Silver West|Gordon Stables
To overcome this I made several blades with teeth as shown in the sketch.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
verb -comes, -coming, -came or -come
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.