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OVERCOME (overcame)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does overcome mean? 

OVERCOME (verb)
  The verb OVERCOME has 4 senses:

1. win a victory over
2. get on top of; deal with successfully
3. overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
4. overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome

  Familiarity information: OVERCOME used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


OVERCOME (verb)


Sense 1overcome [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Win a victory over

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

defeat; get the better of; overcome

Context examples:

You must overcome all difficulties / defeat your enemies / He overcame his shyness / She conquered here fear of mice / He overcame his infirmity / Her anger got the better of her and she blew up

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "overcome"):

demolish; destroy (defeat soundly)

come through; make it; pull round; pull through; survive (continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.))

conquer (overcome by conquest)

nose (defeat by a narrow margin)

upset (defeat suddenly and unexpectedly)

expel; rout; rout out (cause to flee)

get over; master; overcome; subdue; surmount (get on top of; deal with successfully)

get the best; have the best; overcome (overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome)

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)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

The fighter managed to overcome his opponent


Sense 2overcome [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get on top of; deal with successfully

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

surmount; overcome; master; subdue; get over

Context example:

He overcame his shyness

Hypernyms (to "overcome" is one way to...):

defeat; get the better of; overcome (win a victory over)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "overcome"):

bulldog (throw a steer by seizing the horns and twisting the neck, as in a rodeo)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3overcome [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

overwhelm; sweep over; whelm; overpower; overcome; overtake

Hypernyms (to "overcome" is one way to...):

arouse; elicit; enkindle; evoke; fire; kindle; provoke; raise (call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "overcome"):

stagger (astound or overwhelm, as with shock)

knock out (overwhelm with admiration)

benight (overtake with darkness or night)

kill (overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration)

clutch; get hold of; seize (affect)

devastate (overwhelm or overpower)

lock (hold fast (in a certain state))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


Sense 4overcome [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

get the best; have the best; overcome

Context example:

Heart disease can get the best of us

Hypernyms (to "overcome" is one way to...):

defeat; get the better of; overcome (win a victory over)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The fighter managed to overcome his opponent


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