Definition of “overcome” - English Dictionary

“overcome” in British English

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overcomeverb

uk /ˌəʊ.vəˈkʌm/ us /ˌoʊ.vɚˈkʌm/ overcame, overcome

(Definition of “overcome” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“overcome” in American English

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overcomeverb

us /ˌoʊ·vərˈkʌm/ past tense overcame /ˌoʊ·vərˈkeɪm/ , past participle overcome

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.

(Definition of “overcome” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)