verb over·come \ˌō-vər-ˈkəm\

: to defeat (someone or something)

: to successfully deal with or gain control of (something difficult)

: to affect (someone) very strongly or severely


Full Definition of OVERCOME

transitive verb
:  to get the better of :  surmount <overcome difficulties>
:  overwhelm
intransitive verb
:  to gain the superiority :  win
over·com·er noun

Examples of OVERCOME

  1. After a tough battle, they overcame the enemy.
  2. a story about overcoming adversity
  3. She overcame a leg injury and is back running again.

Origin of OVERCOME

Middle English, from Old English ofercuman, from ofer over + cuman to come
First Known Use: before 12th century


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