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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to defeat)
a. vencer
At last the knight had overcome his rival.Por fin el caballero había vencido a su rival.
I'm seeing a therapist to try to overcome my fear of flying.Estoy yendo con un terapeuta para intentar vencer el miedo que le tengo a volar.
2. (to overwhelm)
a. adueñarse de
I was overcome by a feeling of happiness when I saw the baby's smile.Se adueñó de mí una sensación de felicidad al ver la sonrisa del bebé.
b. abrumar
When she heard news of the war, Sheila was overcome by despair.Al escuchar las noticas sobre la guerra, a Sheila la abrumó la desesperación.
3. (to get over)
a. dominar
I can't overcome my fear of spiders.No puedo dominar mi miedo a las arañas.
b. superar
Adam overcame enormous difficulties to get to his current position.Adam superó dificultades enormes para llegar a su posición actual.
c. vencer
Mariel believes this technique has helped her overcome her depression.Mariel cree que esta técnica la ha ayudado a vencer su depresión.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (win)
a. vencer
I believe that we will overcome and be able to tell the world the truth of this tragedy.Creo que venceremos y que podremos contar la verdad de esta tragedia al mundo.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (defeat; an opponent, one's fears)
a. vencer
2. (problem, obstacle)
a. superar
to be overcome with or by griefsucumbir al dolor
I was quite overcomeestaba totalmente abrumado(a), me embargaba la emoción
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overcome [ˌəʊvəˈkʌm] overcame (past)overcome (participle:past)
transitive verb
1 (conquer) [+enemy, opposition] vencer; [+problem, temptation, inhibitions] superar; vencer; [+rage, fear, disgust] superar; dominar
the book is an account of how she overcame cancer el libro describe cómo superó or venció el cáncer; her curiosity finally overcame her shyness finalmente, su curiosidad superó or venció su timidez
little by little she had overcome her addiction we need to overcome this resistance to change he finally overcame Surrey's Danny Lee 9-6, 9-3, 5-9, 5-9, 9-0 members of the Mississippi and Alabama delegations overcame Congressional opposition and sold the idea to their constituents England overcame staggering odds to reach the World Cup semi-finals overcoming racial prejudice continues to be their main priority they overcame the problem by inviting her husband as well find a way to overcome your difficulties wealth does not automatically overcome class barriers the gratification of helping people overcome their problems they had overcome many obstacles to build happy lives for themselves there is only one more hurdle to overcome "any problems?" - "none that we can't overcome" it was a fear she had never overcome it means overcoming the ingrained habits of a lifetime Molly had fought and overcome her fear of flying her disgust momentarily overcame her terror practical tips on how to overcome shyness
2 (overwhelm) [+feeling] adueñarse de; [+sleep, fatigue] vencer
a sense of total inadequacy overcame him una sensación de ineptitud total se adueñó de él; sleep overcame him lo venció el sueño
to be overcome by sth
I was overcome by the heat el calor me agobió; me sentí agobiado por el calor; he was overcome by the smoke el humo le impidió respirar
the residents were trying to escape from the fire but were overcome by smoke
she was quite overcome by the occasion la ocasión la conmovió mucho; overcome by curiosity, he reached out to touch it vencido or dominado por la curiosidad, extendió la mano para tocarlo
people trying to escape were overcome by smoke I was suddenly overcome by fatigue Waite collapsed in the bathroom where he had been overcome by gas fumes
to be overcome with sth
she was overcome with remorse le abrumaba el remordimiento; he was overcome with grief estaba abrumado or postrado de dolor; she was so overcome with emotion she couldn't answer estaba tan conmovida que no podía responder; you don't seem exactly overcome with joy no parece que estés rebosante de alegría
he was overcome with a terrible fit of coughing the night before the test I was overcome with nerves
intransitive verb
vencer; triunfar
we shall overcome! ¡venceremos!
life is full of hurdles,but whatever happens, you'll overcome
We Shall Overcome (Venceremos) es el título de una canción cantada por los miembros del llamado US Civil Rights Movement (movimiento por los derechos civiles en Estados Unidos). Se cantaba sobre todo en los años 50 y 60 durante las protestas contra la discriminación racial y aún hoy la usan quienes protestan en contra de la injusticia.
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