overcome Definition

  • 1to successfully deal with or gain control of something difficult
  • 2to defeat someone or something

Using overcome: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "overcome" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She worked hard to overcome her shyness.

  • Example

    He overcame his addiction to drugs.

  • Example

    The team overcame a two-goal deficit to win the game.

  • Example

    They overcame many obstacles to achieve their goal.

overcome Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for overcome

Idioms Using overcome

  • come/bring/be overcome by sth

    to be so affected by something that you cannot think or behave normally


    She was overcome by a sense of guilt.

  • to succeed despite difficult or unfavorable circumstances


    Despite being the underdog, the team overcame the odds and won the championship.

  • to control one's emotions or desires in order to do something difficult or unpleasant


    She had to overcome herself to apologize to her friend.

Phrases with overcome

  • to be strongly affected by an emotion, such as sadness, joy, or anger


    She was overcome with emotion when she received the award.

  • overcome by events

    to be unable to cope with or adapt to changing circumstances


    The company was overcome by events and had to close its doors.

  • overcome one's fear

    to conquer or get rid of one's fear


    He finally overcame his fear of public speaking.

Origins of overcome

from Old English 'ofercuman', meaning 'to reach, overtake, overcome'


Summary: overcome in Brief

The verb 'overcome' [ˌəʊvəˈkʌm] means to successfully deal with or gain control of something difficult, or to defeat someone or something. It can be used in phrases like 'overcome with emotion,' 'overcome the odds,' and 'overcome oneself.' Examples include 'She worked hard to overcome her shyness,' and 'The team overcame a two-goal deficit to win the game.'

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