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overcame

[oh-ver-keym] /ˌoʊ vərˈkeɪm/
verb
1.
simple past tense of overcome.

overcome

[oh-ver-kuhm] /ˌoʊ vərˈkʌm/
verb (used with object), overcame, overcome, overcoming.
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.
verb (used without object), overcame, overcome, overcoming.
5.
to gain the victory; win; conquer:
a plan to overcome by any means possible.
Origin of overcome
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English ofercuman. See over-, come
Related forms
overcomer, noun
unovercome, adjective
Synonyms
1. vanquish. See defeat.
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  • 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.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • A feeling of pity for mademoiselle—perhaps of no more than decency—now overcame Marius.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • Thus the other woman in her tempted and overcame her, and drew her on from day to day.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • This difficulty, too, we overcame, and got our kayaks to lie steadily and well.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
British Dictionary definitions for overcame

overcome

/ˌəʊvəˈkʌm/
verb -comes, -coming, -came, -come
1.
(transitive) to get the better of in a conflict
2.
(transitive; often passive) to render incapable or powerless by laughter, sorrow, exhaustion, etc: he was overcome by fumes
3.
(transitive) to surmount (obstacles, objections, etc)
4.
(intransitive) to be victorious
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Word Origin and History for overcame

overcome

v.

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.

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