Definition of overcome
- overcome difficulties
- They overcame the enemy.
- were overcome by the heat and smoke
- strong in the faith that truth would overcome
After a tough battle, they overcame the enemy.
a story about overcoming adversity
She overcame a leg injury and is back running again.
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
annihilate, blow away, blow out, bomb, break, bury, clobber, cream, crush, drub, finish, flatten, overwhelm, rout, shellac, skin, slaughter, smoke [slang], snow under, thrash, trounce, upset, wallop, wax [slang], whip;
get the better of, knock for a loop;
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