verb (past overcame; past participle overcome)[with object]
- 1Succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty): she worked hard to overcome her paralyzing shynessMore example sentences
- I learned to cover my pains and overcame my poverty with hard work and a new hope for my future.
- Glasgow is working hard to overcome these problems and the city is undergoing rapid economic change.
- Many governments are trying to overcome their problems and some are succeeding.
- 1.1Defeat (an opponent); prevail: without firing a shot they overcame the guards [no object]: we shall overcomeMore example sentences
defeat, beat, conquer, trounce, thrash, rout, vanquish, overwhelm, overpower, get the better of, triumph over, prevail over, win over/against, outdo, outclass, worst, crush• informal drub, slaughter, clobber, hammer, lick, best, crucify, demolish, wipe the floor with, make mincemeat of, blow out of the water, take to the cleaners, shellac, skunk
- No little effort was required to overcome stubborn opponents who showed why they have been rejuvenated of late.
- Corretja, seeded eighth, has yet to drop a set at one of his favourite tournaments but had to wait for six hours before finally overcoming his opponent.
- Tai Chi uses the power of relaxation, rather than force, to overcome an opponent.
- 1.2 (usually be overcome) (Of an emotion) overpower or overwhelm: she was obviously overcome with excitementMore example sentences
overwhelmed, emotional, moved, affected, speechless
- It is perfectly acceptable for a real man to cry when he is overcome with emotion.
- She was overcome with emotions as she gazed at the purest sunset she had ever laid eyes on.
- She was overcome with the feeling that she had to do something and she wasn't doing it.