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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.

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.
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