O·ver·come v. t. [imp. Overcame p. p. Overcome; p. pr & vb. n. Overcoming.]
1. To get the better of; to surmount; to conquer; to subdue; as, to overcome enemies in battle.
This wretched woman overcome
Of anguish, rather than of crime, hath been. --Spenser.
2. To overflow; to surcharge. [Obs.]
3. To come or pass over; to spread over. [Obs.]
And overcome us like a summer's cloud. --Shak.
Syn: -- To conquer; subdue; vanquish; overpower; overthrow; overturn; defeat; crush; overbear; overwhelm; prostrate; beat; surmount. See Conquer.
O·ver·come, v. i. To gain the superiority; to be victorious.
adj : rendered powerless especially by an excessive amount or
profusion of something; "a desk flooded with
applications"; "felt inundated with work"; "too much
overcome to notice"; "a man engulfed by fear"; "swamped
by work" [syn: flooded, inundated, overpowered, overwhelmed,
v 1: win a victory over; "You must overcome all difficulties";
"defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "She
conquered here fear of mice"; "He overcame his
infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she
blew up" [syn: get the better of, defeat]
2: get on top of; deal with successfully; "He overcame his
shyness" [syn: get over, subdue, surmount, master]
3: overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli [syn: overwhelm,
overpower, sweep over, whelm, overtake]
4: overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person
that is overcome; "Heart disease can get the best of us"
[syn: get the best, have the best]