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v. o·ver·came (-kām′), o·ver·come, o·ver·com·ing, o·ver·comes
1. To defeat (another) in competition or conflict: overcame the opposing team in the last quarter.
2. To deal with successfully; prevail over; surmount: tried to overcome the obstacles of poverty.
3. To overpower, as with emotion; affect deeply: was overcome with grief.
To surmount opposition; be victorious.
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