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English definition of “overcome”

overcome

verb [T usually passive] (UNABLE TO ACT)    /ˌəʊ.vəˈkʌm/ US  /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ (overcame, overcome)
C2 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
(Definition of overcome verb (UNABLE TO ACT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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