What does overcome mean?

Definitions for overcomeˌoʊ vərˈkʌm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word overcome.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. get the better of, overcome, defeat(verb)

    win a victory over

    "You must overcome all difficulties"; "defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "He overcame his infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"

  2. overcome, get over, subdue, surmount, master(verb)

    get on top of; deal with successfully

    "He overcame his shyness"

  3. overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome, overtake(verb)

    overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

  4. get the best, have the best, overcome(verb)

    overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome

    "Heart disease can get the best of us"


  1. overcome(Verb)

    To surmount (a physical or abstract obstacle); to prevail over, to get the better of.

  2. overcome(Verb)

    To win (a battle).

  3. overcome(Verb)

    To win or prevail in some sort of battle, contest, etc.

    We shall overcome.

  4. overcome(Verb)

    To overwhelm with emotion.

  5. Origin: From overcomen, from ofercuman, corresponding to . Cognate with Dutch overkomen, German überkommen, Danish overkomme, Swedish överkomma.


  1. Overcome

    Overcome is the fourth studio album by the American heavy metal band, All That Remains. It was released on September 16, 2008. Overcome is the first and only album by All That Remains that was not produced by Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage, as well as the first with the band's current drummer, Jason Costa.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overcome

    ō-vėr-kum′, v.t. to get the better of: to conquer or subdue: (obs.) to spread over, surcharge.—v.i. to be victorious.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'overcome' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3677

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'overcome' in Verbs Frequency: #528

Anagrams for overcome »

  1. comeover, come-over

  2. Come-over

  3. Comeover


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overcome in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overcome in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Confucius:

    The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest success only comes later.

  2. Confucius:

    The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.

  3. Idriss Deby:

    Single-handedly, no country can overcome this threat and therefore through pooling our resources together ...we are going to overcome this challenge.

  4. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras:

    Our intention is to implement this decision in a constructive way in a way that will help Greece to overcome the crisis and Europe to overcome the crisis.

  5. Cammile Adams:

    It's been crazy, i've learned about myself how to overcome obstacle and obviously yesterday was an obstacle that I never thought I would be able to overcome.

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