Simple Definition of overcome
: to defeat (someone or something)
: to successfully deal with or gain control of (something difficult)
: to affect (someone) very strongly or severely
Examples of overcome
After a tough battle, they overcame the enemy.
a story about overcoming adversity
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
Synonym Discussion of overcome
OVERCOME Defined for Kids
Definition of overcome
1 : to win a victory over : conquer <Soldiers overcame the enemy.>
2 : to gain control of through great effort <He overcame his fear of heights.>
3 : to cause to lose physical ability or emotional control <Firefighters were overcome by smoke.> <The family was overcome by grief.>
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