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Dictionary Definition

overcome 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, swamped, engulfed]


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] [also: overcame]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /ˌəʊvəˈkʌm/, /%ov@(r\)"kVm/
  • (US) /oʊvəɻˈkəm/


  1. To surmount a physical or an abstract obstacle


to surmount a physical or an abstract obstacle


Extensive Definition

"Overcome" is a song by alternative rock group Live, which was released as the second single from their 2001 album, V.
The song became associated with the September 11, 2001 attacks by terrorists on the United States, and proceeds from the sale of the single were donated to charities to benefit the victims of the attack.
The song was not released as a commercially purchasable single in the United States. It failed to chart on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay chart, but peaked at #30 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Musical structure

The song is in the key of B minor, based around a natural minor piano melody, with a harmony of Bm D A E, which acts as the introduction and chorus of the song and is in 4/4 time. The verses follow a harmony of an F# minor chord falling to E major. There is a bridge between the second and third chorus, consisting of an adaption of the chorus chords, with the B minor being replaced by an F# minor, F#m D A E, but without the songs characteristic piano melody. The song opens and closes on an arpegiated B minor chord.

Track listing

All songs lyrics by Kowalczyk, music by Live:

Australian and German CD singles

  1. "Overcome" – 4:16
  2. "Overcome (Acoustic Version)" – 3:01
  3. "Simple Creed (Acoustic Version)" – 3:22
  4. "Overcome (Video)"

European CD single

  1. "Overcome" – 4:16
  2. "Overcome (Acoustic Version)" – 3:00

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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