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.
- o·ver·com·er, noun
- un·o·ver·come, adjective
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How to use overcome in a sentence
So Thompson shared how Bluestem overcame these challenges and explained what he learned along the way.Adopting a CDP is just the beginning: How Fingerhut’s parent planned a successful onboarding process | Sponsored Content: Tealium | November 13, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Matze is also getting a taste of the mundane complications of operating a quickly growing social media site—something that Parler’s more established rivals overcame years ago.What my day on conservative social network Parler was like | Danielle Abril | November 12, 2020 | Fortune
Still, the mounting issues and inconsistencies — and the form of other players — would seem too much for Koepka to overcome.Who can win the Masters, who can but won’t and who to pick in your pool | Barry Svrluga | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Washington ran 50 plays Sunday, and as it tried to overcome a three-score deficit, it threw 41 times and rushed nine.How Washington’s passing offense clicked against the Giants — and what it means going forward | Sam Fortier | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
This is the unfortunate part of the game we play, but there's no adversity you can't overcome!!Washington loses Kyle Allen to injury, and Alex Smith’s comeback bid vs. Giants falls short | Nicki Jhabvala | November 8, 2020 | Washington Post
He opens up about overcoming tragedy, letting go of the Showtime drama, and a possible spin-off.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’ | Marlow Stern | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They open up about the state of the music industry, Taylor Swift and Miley, and overcoming tragedy.Revenge of the Rock Nerds: TV on the Radio’s Long Road to ‘Seeds’ | Marlow Stern | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The real problem—a problem that thus far has proven intractable—is overcoming the doubt and fear.Powdered Measles Vaccine Could Be Huge for Developing World | Kent Sepkowitz | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hasidic Jews are starting to speak up, overcoming the cultural modesty surrounding sexual misconduct.
Her story, and that of her whole community, is one of overcoming against all odds.
He had, however, found much difficulty in overcoming an odd prejudice which his chief had conceived against him.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
To talk of character overcoming circumstance is to talk of an effect without a cause.The Daughters of Danaus | Mona Caird
You alone could do it, and, too, I depend upon your alien knowledge to provide a barrier or two to their overcoming you.Valley of the Croen | Lee Tarbell
For an instant Balsamo considered her with mingled rage and pity, the latter overcoming the other.Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
Spitzhase, alarmed out of all control, pressed closer to the wall; fright was overcoming him.Black Diamonds | Mr Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for overcome
(tr) to get the better of in a conflict
(tr; often passive) to render incapable or powerless by laughter, sorrow, exhaustion, etc: he was overcome by fumes
(tr) to surmount (obstacles, objections, etc)
(intr) to be victorious
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