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verb [transitive] overcome pronunciation in British English /ˌəʊvə(r)ˈkʌm/
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present tense
present participleovercoming
past tenseovercame
past participleovercome
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  1. 2
    [usually passive] to make someone very emotional, weak, ill, or unconscious
    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.

  2. 3
    to defeat someone or something

    Government troops have finally overcome rebel forces in the north.


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