To overcome something is to overcome the difficulty or obstacle that is preventing you from achieving your goal. When you overcame the challenge at the race, you became the winner.

  • He overcame the challenge of the competition by swimming faster than anyone else.

  • She overcame her fear of public speaking by giving a speech at the conference.

Definition of overcame


To surmount (a physical or abstract obstacle); to prevail over, to get the better of.


To win or prevail in some sort of battle, contest, etc.


To come or pass over; to spread over.


To overflow; to surcharge.

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Example Sentences for overcame

  • 1

    Polo's response to perplexity gravitates on the need to overcome such limits.

  • 2

    The request was to overcome the oversight.

  • 3

    At length the hostility of the princes was overcome.

  • 4

    Can he overcome that preconception

  • 5

    It is your ability to overcome the ruth.

  • 6

    She will overcome her hydrophobia.

  • 7

    Donation is a method of overcoming sparsity.

  • 8

    A signal that overcomes the inhibition on the next neuron.

  • 9

    It was designed to overcome the severe congestion on the island.

  • 10

    Sometimes, the robber was overcome, and sometimes the laborer.