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
Jackson was gaunt, not in playing shape and seemingly overcome with emotions and a growing spirituality.
Rituals help the living overcome the desire to die with the dead.
Some of the players, including some who’d grown up believing Mandela was a terrorist, were overcome with emotion.
Folmar put his head in his hands, overcome with emotion, after finishing ahead of an entourage of nearly 20 friends and family who traversed the last part of the course with him.
RENDON’S SLAM LIFTS NATIONALS Anthony Rendon hit his second career grand slam and added a two-run homer, and the Washington Nationals overcame Scooter Gennett’s four R.B.I. in a 10-7 victory over the Reds in Cincinnati.
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.
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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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