Pronunciation: (ō"vur-kum'), [key]
—v., -came, -come, -com•ing.
1. to get the better of in a struggle or conflict; conquer; defeat: to overcome the enemy.
2. to prevail over (opposition, a debility, temptations, etc.); surmount: to overcome one's weaknesses.
3. to overpower or overwhelm in body or mind, as does liquor, a drug, exertion, or emotion: I was overcome with grief.
4. Archaic.to overspread or overrun.
to gain the victory; win; conquer: a plan to overcome by any means possible.
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