Definitions for overcomeˌoʊ vərˈkʌm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•come*ˌoʊ vərˈkʌm(v.)-came, -come, -com•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to get the better of in a struggle or conflict.

  2. to prevail over (opposition, a debility, temptations, etc.).

  3. to overpower or overwhelm in body or mind:

    overcome by smoke

  4. (v.i.)to gain the victory; win; conquer.

* Syn: See defeat.

Origin of overcome:

bef. 900


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. overcome(verb)ˌoʊ vərˈkʌm

    to achieve sth despite great difficulties

    children who overcome poverty and succeed

  2. overcomeˌoʊ vərˈkʌm

    to make sb feel unable to deal with difficulties

    Depression overcame her.; a nation overcome with self-doubt

  3. overcomeˌoʊ vərˈkʌm

    to defeat

    England overcame France in the final match.


  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.

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 of overcome

  1. comeover, come-over

  2. Come-over

  3. Comeover

Translations for overcome

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


helpless; defeated by emotion etc

overcome with grief; I felt quite overcome.

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