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verb [transitive] overcome pronunciation in British English /ˌəʊvə(r)ˈkʌm/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleovercoming
past tenseovercame
past participleovercome
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  1. 1
    to succeed in dealing with or controlling a problem
    Jimmy overcame his difficulties to graduate with a first-class degree.
    What can I do to overcome my fear of rejection?
  2. 2
    [usually passive] to make someone very emotional, weak, ill, or unconscious
    Exhaustion finally overcame her and she collapsed.
    be overcome by something: Two men died when they were overcome by fumes from the fire.
    be overcome with emotion/excitement/horror etc: The entire family was overcome with grief.
  3. 3
    to defeat someone or something
    Government troops have finally overcome rebel forces in the north.


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