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Language: Old English
Origin: ofercuman

overcome

verb
     
o‧ver‧come S3 W3 past tense overcame past participle overcome [transitive]
1 to successfully control a feeling or problem that prevents you from achieving something:
He struggled to overcome his shyness.
Her financial problems could no longer be overcome.
2 [usually passive] if smoke or gas overcomes someone, they become extremely sick or unconscious because they breathe it:
The engineer was working on the freezer when he was overcome by gas.
3 if an emotion overcomes someone, they cannot behave normally because they feel the emotion so strongly
overcome with
Charles was overcome with grief.
4 to fight and win against someone or something:
Australia overcame the Netherlands 2-1.

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