—v.t. 1. to get the better of in a struggle or conflict; conquer; defeat: to overcome the enemy. 2. to prevail over (opposition, a debility, temptations, etc.); surmount: to overcome one's weaknesses. 3. to overpower or overwhelm in body or mind, as does liquor, a drug, exertion, or emotion: I was overcome with grief. 4. Archaic.to overspread or overrun.
—v.i. to gain the victory; win; conquer: a plan to overcome by any means possible.