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o·ver·come / ˌōvərˈkəm/ • v. (past -came; past part. -come) [tr.] succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty): she worked hard to overcome her paralyzing shyness. ∎  defeat (an opponent); prevail: without firing a shot they overcame the guards | [intr.] we shall overcome. ∎  (usu. be overcome) (of an emotion) overpower or overwhelm: she was obviously overcome with excitement.