over·​com·​er ˌō-vər-ˈkə-mər How to pronounce overcomer (audio)
plural overcomers
: a person who overcomes something : one who succeeds in dealing with or gaining control of some problem or difficulty
… an advocate for women's rights, a voice for mental health awareness, an overcomer of drug addiction, a gracious celebrity … who refused to be defined by any one of those things …Laura Genn
Challenges may come from without (poverty, social discrimination) but also from within (procrastination, fear, aimlessness), and in her new book Kimball provides hundreds of resources that help students become overcomers, even activists.The Chico (California) Enterprise-Record

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Gift this page turner to the overcomer in your life. Ebony Flake, Essence, 16 Nov. 2022 Chubb is an overcomer, just not quite of the walk-on mold shared by quarterback Baker Mayfield and second-round pick Austin Corbett, an offensive lineman from Nevada. Bud Shaw, cleveland.com, 28 Apr. 2018 Such unrest surrounds Goodison Park due to the Merseysiders' over £140m spend during the summer, a sum higher than their weekend overcomers have spent in their entire existence, and the seemingly lack of progression from this on the pitch. SI.com, 2 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overcomer was in the 14th century

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“Overcomer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcomer. Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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