overcome

Use the verb overcome when you talk about someone who has triumphed over adversity. It's great to see a friend who's always struggled in school overcome his learning disabilities and make the honor roll.

You can also be overcome with emotions, or overwhelmed by your feelings. Many people feel so overcome with sadness at a movie — or happiness at a wedding — that they regret not bringing a pile of tissues with them. The verb overcome also means to win or surpass. If you are going to win the marathon, you are going to have to overcome the five runners still ahead of you.

DEFINITIONS OF: overcome

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v win a victory over

“You must overcome all difficulties”
“He overcame his shyness”
“He overcame his infirmity”
Synonyms:
defeat, get the better of
Types:
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demolish, destroy
defeat soundly
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
wallop
defeat soundly and utterly
down
bring down or defeat (an opponent)
overrun
seize the position of and defeat
lurch, skunk
defeat by a lurch
expel, rout, rout out
cause to flee
upset
defeat suddenly and unexpectedly
nose
defeat by a narrow margin
conquer
overcome by conquest
come through, make it, pull round, pull through, survive
continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)
smash
overthrow or destroy (something considered evil or harmful)
swallow
engulf and destroy
cut to ribbons
defeat totally
outpoint, outscore
score more points than one's opponents
walk over
beat easily
eliminate
remove from a contest or race
mop up, pip, rack up, whip, worst
defeat thoroughly
whomp
beat overwhelmingly
get the best, have the best
overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome
rout, spread-eagle, spreadeagle
defeat disastrously
get the jump
be there first
cheat, chicane, chouse, jockey, screw, shaft
defeat someone through trickery or deceit
exceed, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount, surpass
be or do something to a greater degree
get over, master, subdue, surmount
get on top of; deal with successfully
best, outdo, outflank, scoop, trump
get the better of
outfight
to fight better than; get the better of
overmaster, overpower, overwhelm
overcome by superior force
checkmate, mate
place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game
immobilise, immobilize
make defenseless
outplay
excel or defeat in a game
bat, clobber, cream, drub, lick, thrash
beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

v get on top of; deal with successfully

“He overcame his shyness”
Synonyms:
get over, master, subdue, surmount
Types:
bulldog
throw a steer by seizing the horns and twisting the neck, as in a rodeo
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

v overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

Synonyms:
overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm
Types:
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devastate
overwhelm or overpower
clutch, get hold of, seize
affect
kill
overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration
benight
overtake with darkness or night
knock out
overwhelm with admiration
stagger
astound or overwhelm, as with shock
lock
hold fast (in a certain state)
Type of:
arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

v overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome

Synonyms:
get the best, have the best
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
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