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overcome verb

1 defeat/conquer sb/sth

ADV. completely | successfully | not entirely These problems were never entirely overcome. | largely | partially | easily | quickly | gradually | eventually, finally He eventually overcame his disability.

VERB + OVERCOME be able to | help (to), help sb (to) Therapy helped her overcome her fear. | be designed to methods designed to overcome these problems | attempt to, battle to, struggle to, try to | manage to

PHRASES an attempt to overcome sth 2 be/feel overcome become weak/ill; lose control

ADV. completely, quite She felt quite overcome by their kindness. | almost, nearly She felt almost overcome by a tide of relief. | visibly The officers on duty were visibly overcome, many of them in tears. | suddenly

PREP. by Several firefighters had been overcome by smoke and fumes. | with He was suddenly overcome with remorse for the harm he had done.