The verb "overcome" is similar to the words "win" or "defeat."

simplepastpast participle

There are many different situations in which this word can be applied. It’s usually used when a person faces a big problem.

  • The team overcame some difficult problems and eventually had a championship season.
  • Nelly overcame an addiction to smoking.
  • You must overcome your fear of speaking English in order to practice it in public.
  • It was good to hear that our friend, Leonard, has overcome his financial difficulties.

This verb is often used in the passive voice:

  • Several of the people were overcome by smoke from the fire and died.
  • She was overcome by her emotions and unable to speak.
  • These problems have been overcome through hard work and some big sacrifices.
  • We’re confident that these obstacles can be overcome.
  • Problems with a computer can be overcome with patience and persistence.


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Updated on August 27, 2017