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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.
Translations of “overcome”
in Korean 극복하다…
in Arabic يَتغَلّب عَلى…
in French accablé…
in Turkish üstesinden gelmek, alt etmek, halletmek…
in Italian superare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 對付, 克服, 戰勝…
in Russian преодолевать…
in Polish przezwyciężać…
in Spanish afectado (por), dominado (por)…
in Portuguese superar, vencer…
in German überwältigt…
in Catalan superar…
in Japanese ~を克服する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 对付, 克服, 战胜…
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