What does overcome mean?

Definitions for overcome
ˌoʊ vərˈkʌmover·come

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. get the better of, overcome, defeatverb

    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, masterverb

    get on top of; deal with successfully

    "He overcame his shyness"

  3. overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome, overtakeverb

    overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

  4. get the best, have the best, overcomeverb

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

    "Heart disease can get the best of us"


  1. overcomeverb

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

  2. overcomeverb

    To win (a battle).

  3. overcomeverb

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

    We shall overcome.

  4. overcomeverb

    To overwhelm with emotion.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Overcomeverb

    pret. I overcame; part. pass. overcome;

    Etymology: overcomen, Dutch.

    They overcommen, were deprived
    Of their proud beauty, and the one moiety
    Transformed to fish, for their bold surquedry. Edmund Spenser.

    This wretched woman, overcome
    Of anguish rather than of crime hath been. Edmund Spenser.

    Of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 2 Pet. ii. 19.

    Fire by thicker air o’ercome,
    And downward forc’d in earth’s capacious womb,
    Alters its particles; is fire no more. Matthew Prior.

    Th’ unfallow’d glebe
    Yearly o’ercomes the granaries with stores. Philips.

    Can’t such things be,
    And overcome us like a summer’s cloud,
    Without our special wonder? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

  2. To Overcomeverb

    To gain the superiority.

    That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. Rom. iii. 4.


  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.

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  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

  2. come-over

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  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

Examples of overcome in a Sentence

  1. Noam Chomsky:

    Predatory capitalism created a complex industrial system and an advanced technology; it permitted a considerable extension of democratic practice and fostered certain liberal values, but within limits that are now being pressed and must be overcome. It is not a fit system for the mid-twentieth century.

  2. Carlos Viana:

    I want to carry the Olympic torch to show that it's possible to overcome adversity.

  3. Coco Gauff:

    This summer I learned a lot about Coco Gauff, i learned that I can overcome a lot of things on and off the court. I still hope I can be that way and use my platform in that way.

  4. Nelson Mandela:

    Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.

  5. Malusi Gigaba:

    Black doesn't break, we will overcome.

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    A state of immorality or sin
    • A. impurity
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