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overcome

verb  /ˌoʊ·vərˈkʌm/ (past tense overcame  /ˌoʊ·vərˈkeɪm/, past participle overcome) us  

overcome verb (DEAL WITH)

[I/T] to defeat or succeed in controlling or dealing with something: [T] I eventually overcame my shyness in class. [I] I believe that we will overcome in the end.

overcome verb (UNABLE TO ACT)

[T] to prevent someone from being able to act or think in the usual way: He was overcome by smoke before he could get out of the apartment.
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