Definition of overcome
Examples of overcome in a Sentence
After a tough battle, they overcame the enemy.
a story about overcoming adversity
She overcame a leg injury and is back running again.
Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners
Definition of overcome for English Language Learners
: to defeat (someone or something)
: to successfully deal with or gain control of (something difficult)
: to affect (someone) very strongly or severely
OVERCOME Defined for Kids
Definition of overcome for Students
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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