overcome

[ oh-ver-kuhm ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈkʌm /

verb (used with object), o·ver·came, o·ver·come, o·ver·com·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), o·ver·came, o·ver·come, o·ver·com·ing.

to gain the victory; win; conquer: a plan to overcome by any means possible.

Origin of overcome

before 900; Middle English; Old English ofercuman. See over-, come

Related forms

o·ver·com·er, nounun·o·ver·come, adjective

Synonym study

1. See defeat.
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overcome

/ (ˌəʊvəˈkʌm) /

verb -comes, -coming, -came or -come

(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

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