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English verb: overcome

1. overcome (competition) win a victory over


SamplesYou must overcome all difficulties.
Defeat your enemies.
He overcame his shyness.
He overcame his infirmity.
Her anger got the better of her and she blew up.


ExamplesThe fighter managed to overcome his opponent


Synonymsdefeat, get the better of


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)beat, beat out, come through, conquer, crush, demolish, destroy, down, expel, lurch, make it, nose, overrun, pull round, pull through, rout, rout out, shell, skunk, survive, trounce, upset, vanquish, wallop

2. overcome (competition) get on top of; deal with successfully


SamplesHe overcame his shyness.


Synonymsget over, master, subdue, surmount


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish


Narrower (hyponym)bulldog

3. overcome (emotion) overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli


Synonymsoverpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise


Narrower (hyponym)benight, clutch, devastate, get hold of, kill, knock out, lock, seize, stagger

4. overcome (competition) overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome


SamplesHeart disease can get the best of us.


ExamplesThe fighter managed to overcome his opponent


Synonymsget the best, have the best


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish









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