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 a song written and performed by Creed. At the time of its release, it was their first single since 2002 and the first from their 2009 reunion album, Full Circle. To date, it is their 11th song to reach the top five on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart."Overcome" was said to be written in reference to an event where rapper T. I. had saved Creed lead singer Scott Stapp from committing suicide, but Stapp said in Loudwire's Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction interview that it was actually about his desire to overcome the struggles and the demons that he had been fighting for many years. In his uncensored memoir, "Sinner's Creed", the full story of this so called "suicide attempt" is written in great detail.


  1. overcome

    To overcome means to succeed in dealing with or controlling a problem, difficulty, or obstacle. It can also refer to defeating an opponent or prevailing in a challenging situation. It implies resilience, determination, and strength in facing and resolving issues or challenges.


  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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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

  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. John Milton:

    Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe.

  2. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker:

    Because we are pro-European and we want to go on together in a common future, I believe that in the end of the day we will solve all these misunderstandings and we will go on with this honest compromise that we did on the 20th February, 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.

  3. Confucius:

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

  4. Beth Brooke-Marciniak:

    When society's telling you you're this or you're that, you've proven on the court or on the field that you can overcome anything. You can overcome a team telling you that you're no good. ... You just don't want to listen to whatever anyone is going to tell you because success will be defined on the scoreboard and that's all that matters.

  5. 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.

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