- 1 overcome 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 overcome somebody/something to defeat somebody In the final game Sweden easily overcame France.
- 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. Word Origin Old English ofercuman (see over-, come).Extra examples He was suddenly overcome with remorse for the harm he had done. Several firefighters had been overcome by smoke and fumes. She felt almost overcome by a tide of relief. She felt quite overcome by their kindness. The officers on duty were visibly overcome, many of them in tears. Therapy helped her overcome her fear. These problems were never entirely overcome. methods designed to overcome these problems In the final, Sweden easily overcame France. She overcame strong opposition to take the title. There are at least two major obstacles that must be overcome. They managed to overcome their differences on the issue. This could be the year that he finally overcomes his great rival and clinches the championship. This problem is largely overcome by printing out a new set of data.
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BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈkʌm//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈkʌm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overcome
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈkʌm//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈkʌm//he / she / it overcomes
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈkʌmz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈkʌmz//past simple overcame
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈkeɪm//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈkeɪm//past participle overcome
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈkʌm//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈkʌm//-ing form overcoming
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈkʌmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈkʌmɪŋ//