English - Etymology
From Middle English overcomen, from Old English ofercuman (“to overcome, subdue, compel, conquer, obtain, attain, reach, overtake”), corresponding to over- + come. Cognate with Dutch overkomen (“to overcome”), German überkommen (“to overcome”), Danish overkomme (“to overcome”), Swedish överkomma (“to overcome”).
English - Pronunciation
English - Verb
- (transitive) To surmount (a physical or abstract obstacle); to prevail over, to get the better of.
(transitive, obsolete) To win (a battle).
1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book IV, chapter iij:
- Ther with all cam kyng Arthur but with a fewe peple and slewe on the lyfte hand and on the ryght hand that wel nyhe ther escaped no man / but alle were slayne to the nombre of xxx M / And whan the bataille was all ended the kynge kneled doune and thanked god mekely / and thenne he sente for the quene and soone she was come / and she maade grete Ioye of the ouercomynge of that bataille
- 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book IV, chapter iij:
- (intransitive) To win or prevail in some sort of battle, contest, etc.
- (transitive, usually in passive) To overwhelm with emotion.
- To come or pass over; to spread over.
- To overflow; to surcharge.
English - References
English - Anagrams
- comeover, come-over