Come over vs overcome

Come over and overcome are two terms that are often confused. We will examine the definitions of come over and overcome, where these terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences,

Come over is a phrasal verb that describes the process of a feeling or desire falling upon someone, the process of suddenly feeling or thinking a certain way. Come over may also mean to switch from one alliance to another. Come over may also mean to travel to someone’s house. The phrasal verb come over is a combination of the words come, from the Old English word cuman which means to arrive, approach or recover, and the word over, derived from the Old English word ofer which means across, above or on high.

Overcome means to triumph over an enemy, problem or trial. Overcome may mean to overwhelm, to win, to conquer. Overcome is a verb, related words are overcomes, overcame, overcoming. The word overcome is a compound word comprised of the word over and come. Compounds or compound words are words that are derived from two separate words joined together.


Waters started banging on the door, which prompted McCann to get up and come over to the door where he told her, “You’re going to die,” according to prosecutors. (The Chronicle Telegram)

“For years, all of my friends used to come over on the weekend for beer and sandwiches, and they kept telling me I had to do something,” Figueredo says.  (The Miami New Times)

When I listened to it, each song came over me like waves ending fittingly with the one l’d heard first, perhaps the five greatest minutes in rock music. (Roanoke Times)

Cancer doctors should prescribe yoga to patients struggling to overcome pain and fatigue, experts have said. (The Telegraph)

Overcoming jet lag may be as simple as changing the time you eat, new research reveals. (The Daily Mail)


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