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
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