• WordNet 3.6
    • v overcome overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome "Heart disease can get the best of us"
    • v overcome win a victory over "You must overcome all difficulties","defeat your enemies","He overcame his shyness","He overcame his infirmity","Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"
    • v overcome get on top of; deal with successfully "He overcame his shyness"
    • v overcome overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The amount of drag or air resistance produced by putting your bicycle on top of your car is so great that on a trip from England to Scotland it would be cheaper to send it by train because of the fuel consumption to overcome the drag
    • Overcome To come or pass over; to spread over. "And overcome us like a summer's cloud."
    • v. i Overcome To gain the superiority; to be victorious.
    • Overcome To get the better of; to surmount; to conquer; to subdue; as, to overcome enemies in battle. "This wretched woman overcome Of anguish, rather than of crime, hath been."
    • Overcome To overflow; to surcharge.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overcome To come over; move or pass over or throughout.
    • overcome To reach or extend over or throughout; spread over; cover; overflow; surcharge.
    • overcome To overtake.
    • overcome To overwhelm; oppress; overpower; surmount; conquer; vanquish; subdue.
    • overcome To get beyond; outstrip; excel.
    • overcome Synonyms Vanquish, Subdue, etc. See conquer.
    • overcome To gain the superiority; be victorious; conquer.
    • overcome Overpowered by liquor; intoxicated: in the past participle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overcome ō-vėr-kum′ to get the better of: to conquer or subdue:
    • v.i Overcome to be victorious
    • v.t Overcome ō-vėr-kum′ (obs.) to spread over, surcharge
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  • Lou Holtz
    “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”
  • Proverb
    “When difficulties are overcome they begin blessing.”
  • Bible
    “Overcome evil with good. [St. Paul]]”
  • Virgil
    “Our fate, whatever it is to be, will be overcome by patience under it.”
  • R. C. Allen
    R. C. Allen
    “We grow because we struggle, we learn and overcome.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Hatred can be overcome only by love.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. ofercuman,. See Over Come, and cf. Supervene


In literature:

To overcome one barrier gives us greater ability to overcome the next.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
The poor negro was overcome with grief when he heard what was decided.
"With Axe and Rifle" by W.H.G. Kingston
There is danger, Peter; but a stout heart may face and overcome it.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
Your evil genius is overcome.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
We must not expect to overcome a stubborn fact by a stubborn will.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
Who hath a stronger battle than he that useth force to overcome himself?
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
They will think that if you march close to them they can overcome you.
"King Arthur and His Knights" by Maude L. Radford
But no persuasion could overcome the young man's reluctance.
"The Indian Fairy Book" by Cornelius Mathews
The sun burned so hot and the rock so reflected the heat that he was all but overcome.
"An American Robinson Crusoe" by Samuel. B. Allison

In poetry:

And when you grow up to be
Women and men,
You'll know how to overcome
Evil and sin.
"Industry in Children. Proverb 22:6" by Frank Barbour Coffin
A sailor who was overcome
From having freely dined,
And chanced to reel when at the wheel,
He instantly confined!
"The Martinet" by William Schwenck Gilbert
He sicked'em all so passing well
That, overcome by fright,
The Indian horde gave up the fray
And safety sought in flight.
"The Delectable Ballad Of The Waller Lot" by Eugene Field
But the bark was a kingly one,
It weathered the storms; I saw it run
Grappling with the stream and overcome
The vicious winds
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Yes by confession will I come
Into thy conquest. Though I can do nought
Against thee, in thee I will overcome
The man, who once against thee fought.
"The Reprisall" by George Herbert
What was he like to say,
But, overcome with love and tears, to choose
The keener sorrow,--take it to his heart,
Cherish it, make it part of him, and watch
Those eyes that were his light till they should close?
"Laurance - [Part 3]" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Evidently, CBS's CEO Les Moonves thinks families who have struggled with poverty for generations and overcome obstacles for survival that would make most urban Americans cringe is good comedy.
Bruce Ely/The Oregonian Paul Allen Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, who already has overcome cancer once, has been diagnosed with non- Hodgkin 's lymphoma.
The Kindle Fire overcomes one of the major hurdles for Android tablets: It tells us what we're supposed to do with it.
The family from Egg Harbor Township said the treatments have yielded great results and helped the boy overcome many of the symptoms associated with autism.
Therapist says hypnosis can help people overcome fears and anxieties.
And both could be overcome shortly - perhaps even by Opening Day, which is two weeks away.
Can vendor—user partnerships overcome the typical wait-and-see attitude toward new technologies.
But an increasing demand by customers for a wider product mix can be a tough hurdle to overcome.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. Yearling sale, like many other auctions before it in 2009, couldn't overcome the weak economy and ended up posting results that were down signficantly from 2008.
A month of negotiations had led to an apparent stalemate, overcome after the Allied Pilots Association made.
Is it the bad economy or inability to overcome adversity.
Is It The Bad Economy Or Inability To Overcome Adversity.
Leveraging loonie power to overcome import inertia .
CMB spikers try to overcome inexperience .
Drew Kiley continues perfect season after overcoming Crohn's disease.

In science:

Here we present a new protocol, the randomness recycler (RR), that overcomes this difficulty.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
While this strategy sounds, the technical difficulties remain to be overcome.
Classification of simple $C^*$-algebras of tracial topological rank zero
To overcome this difficulty we consider another ‘smoothed’ approximation scheme.
Perron-Frobenius spectrum for random maps and its approximation
To overcome the difficulty we suggest to take into account in the expansion of Zn the term containing the maximal number of unconnected pairs.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
An improved design of p-spray sensors has been developed, and is expected to overcome this limitation .
Performance of prototype BTeV silicon pixel detectors in a high energy pion beam