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overcome

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of overcome

  1. 1 to achieve a victory over the baseball team finally overcame their opponents in the 13th inning Synonyms of overcome best, conquer, defeat, dispatch, do down [British], get, get around, lick, master, overbear, beat, overmatch, prevail (over), skunk, stop, subdue, surmount, take, trim, triumph (over), upend, win (against), worstWords Related to overcome sweep; edge (out), nose out, pip [British]; 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; cap, excel, flourish, score, succeed; knock off, knock over, overpower, overthrow, subjugate, unseat, vanquish; ace (out), better, eclipse, exceed, excel, outdistance, outdo, outfight, outshine, outstrip, overtop, surpass, top, transcendNear Antonyms of overcome fall, give up, go down, go under; collapse, fail, flop, flunk, fold, wash outAntonyms of overcome lose (to)

  2. 2 to subject to incapacitating emotional or mental stress already under stress, she was overcome by news of a death in the family Synonyms of overcome crush, devastate, floor, grind (down), oppress, overwhelm, overmaster, overpower, prostrate, snow under, swamp, whelmWords Related to overcome deluge, drown, sink; confute, defeat, refute; break, demoralize, distress, disturb, rock, shatter, stagger, throw, unman, unnerve, upset

Synonym Discussion of overcome

conquer, vanquish, defeat, subdue, reduce, overcome, overthrow mean to get the better of by force or strategy. conquer implies gaining mastery of.
    • Caesar conquered Gaul
vanquish implies a complete overpowering.
    • vanquished the enemy and ended the war
defeat does not imply the finality or completeness of vanquish which it otherwise equals.
    • the Confederates defeated the Union forces at Manassas
subdue implies a defeating and suppression.
    • subdued the native tribes after years of fighting
reduce implies a forcing to capitulate or surrender.
    • the city was reduced after a month-long siege
overcome suggests getting the better of with difficulty or after hard struggle.
    • overcame a host of bureaucratic roadblocks
overthrow stresses the bringing down or destruction of existing power.
    • violently overthrew the old regime


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