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.
Recent Examples of overcome from the Web
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said Tuesday that the Holy See would do everything possible to overcome legal obstacles to bringing Charlie to Rome for treatment.
Boston won 6-4 in 12 innings then became the first team in major league history to overcome a 3-0 deficit and win a postseason series.
Without art there is an incompleteness that nothing can overcome.
The No. 10 seed, Williams overcame a poor first set to beat Wang Qiang, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
In the mid-20th century, it was used as an effective therapy for those overcoming polio.
Bill’s half-brother—had a difficult time overcoming his childhood.
The West boys had a much tougher road, overcoming a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter and needing a pivotal play in the final second to beat the East 107-106.
All of these are easily overcome and a venture investor can play in role in helping on those fronts.
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Origin and Etymology of overcome
Middle English, from Old English ofercuman, from ofer over + cuman to come
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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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