overcome with

This page is about the phrasal verb overcome with.

Meaning: to be strongly affected by an emotion or a feeling

Synonym: overwhelmed with

For example:

  • overcome with sth After his dog died, Danny was overcome with grief.

  • overcome with sth The whole team was overcome with the joy of winning and being champions.

Nouns often used as objects with overcome with: fear, sadness, grief, joy, excitement, shame, gratitude

Note: always used in the form "to be overcome with something", and never in the form "to overcome with something"

Quick Quiz:

Paula was supposed to give a speech at her sister's graduation ceremony, but she said she couldn't do it because she was overcome with

a. time

b. nerves

c. her family

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