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.
Origin of overcome
Synonyms for overcome
Examples from the Web for overcoming
Contemporary Examples of overcoming
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’
December 4, 2014
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’
December 3, 2014
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
December 2, 2014
Her story, and that of her whole community, is one of overcoming against all odds.The Little Syrian Girl With a Bullet in Her Head
November 29, 2013
Her challenge will be overcoming the Hannah Montana stereotype.Miley Cyrus’s Album ‘Bangerz’ Is Totally Schizo and Catchy as Hell
October 7, 2013
Historical Examples of overcoming
The drollness of the situation was in danger of overcoming him again.Bonaventure
George Washington Cable
The overcoming, victorious life is the only kind that satisfies the soul and qualifies for spiritual success in this world.The Palm Tree Blessing
W. E. Shepard
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
There is one very ingenious device for overcoming this difficulty by means of a motor and propeller.The Romance of War Inventions
Thomas W. Corbin
It is a question of facing and overcoming a difficulty or permitting it to overcome you.Winning His "W"
Everett Titsworth Tomlinson
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.