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English definition of “overcome”

overcome

verb     /ˌəʊvəˈkʌm/ (past tense overcame, past participle overcome)
B2 [T] to deal with and control a problem or feeling : He's trying to overcome his drug addiction and find a job . Let's hope she overcomes her shyness .Controlling and being in chargeControlling emotionsCalm and relaxedNot showing or feeling emotions
be overcome by excitement/fear/sadness, etc to suddenly have too much of a feeling : She was overcome by emotion .Strong feelings
be overcome by smoke/fumes, etc to become sick or weak because you have been breathing smoke or poisonous gas : One worker died when he was overcome by chemical fumes .Not fit and healthyThin or slender (of people)
(Definition of overcome verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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