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verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: overcome /ˌəʊvə(r)ˈkʌm/ 
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present tense
present participleovercoming
past tenseovercame
past participleovercome
  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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