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Definition of overcome verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overcome
    he / she / it overcomes
    past simple overcame
    past participle overcome
    -ing form overcoming
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  1. 1overcome something to succeed in dealing with or controlling a problem that has been preventing you from achieving something She overcame injury to win the Olympic gold medal. The two parties managed to overcome their differences on the issue. He finally managed to overcome his fear of flying He overcame a strong temptation to run away.
  2. 2overcome somebody/something to defeat someone In the final game Sweden easily overcame France.
  3. 3[usually passive] overcome somebody to be extremely strongly affected by something synonym overwhelm Her parents were overcome with grief at the funeral. Overcome by curiosity, the boy looked through the window. The dead woman had been overcome by smoke.
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