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
  1. verb
    win a victory over
    “You must overcome all difficulties”
    “He overcame his shyness”
    “He overcame his infirmity”
    synonyms: defeat, get the better of
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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, topple
    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
    conquer, 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
    annihilate, bat, clobber, cream, drub, lick, thrash
    beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
  2. verb
    get on top of; deal with successfully
    “He overcame his shyness”
    synonyms: conquer, get over, master, subdue, surmount
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    bulldog
    throw a steer by seizing the horns and twisting the neck, as in a rodeo
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    beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
  3. verb
    overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
    synonyms: overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm
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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)
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    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  4. verb
    overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome
    synonyms: get the best, have the best
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    beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
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