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English definition of “overcome”

overcome

verb uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈkʌm/ us    /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ (overcame, overcome)

overcome verb (DEAL WITH)

B2 [I or T] to defeat or succeed in controlling or dealing with something: Juventus overcame Ajax in a thrilling match. to overcome difficulties/obstacles/problems/resistance Eventually she managed to overcome her shyness in class. 20,000 demonstrators sang "We shall overcome" as they marched through Washington.Dealing with things or peopleActing and actsCoping and not copingTolerating and enduring

overcome verb (UNABLE TO ACT)

C2 [T usually passive] to prevent someone from being able to act or think in the usual way: They were overcome by fumes from the fire and had to be carried out of their houses. Overcome with/by emotion, she found herself unable to speak for a few minutes.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
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