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

By and by fumes of brandy began to fill the air, and climb to where I lay, overcoming the mouldy smell of decayed wood and the dampness of the green walls.

b) To overwhelm with emotion (usually in passive).

thenne he sente for the quene and sone she was come, and she maade grete Joye of the ouercomynge of that bataille.

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