Once she overcame her shock, Esfandiari realized she was arrested because she was perceived as an agent provocateur.
He overcame every objection and rejected every denial because he wanted a “team of rivals” like Lincoln.
She also spoke about how she overcame her terrifying abduction and gained the courage to testify against her attacker.
Emily Blunt and Joe Biden, among others, had nearly debilitating stutters they overcame.
Once, Usama bin Zaid overcame an enemy soldier in hand-to-hand combat.
Then they assailed the revolutionists and overcame them, but lost many of their own men.
If Michael were stronger and overcame my party, there would be an end.
A feeling of pity for mademoiselle—perhaps of no more than decency—now overcame Marius.
Thus the other woman in her tempted and overcame her, and drew her on from day to day.
This difficulty, too, we overcame, and got our kayaks to lie steadily and well.
Old English ofercuman "to reach, overtake," also "to conquer, prevail over," from ofer (see over) + cuman "to come" (see come (v.)). A common Germanic compound (cf. Middle Dutch overkomen, Old High German ubarqueman, German überkommen). In reference to mental or chemical force, "to overwhelm, render helpless," it is in late Old English. Meaning "to surmount" (a difficulty or obstacle) is from c.1200. The Civil Rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" was put together c.1950s from lyrics from Charles Tindley's spiritual "I'll Overcome Some Day" (1901), and melody from pre-Civil War spiritual "No More Auction Block for Me." Related: Overcame; overcoming.