- to mount upon; get on the top of; mount upon and cross over: to surmount a hill.
- to get over or across (barriers, obstacles, etc.).
- to prevail over: to surmount tremendous difficulties.
- to be on top of or above: a statue surmounting a pillar.
- to furnish with something placed on top or above: to surmount a tower with a spire.
- to surpass in excellence.
- to exceed in amount.
Origin of surmount
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Examples from the Web for surmount
And that is why, as veterans, the onus is on us to surmount it and bridge the divide.Divided in the Wake of Fort Hood
April 16, 2014
Throw what obstacles in the way you please; it will surmount them all.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume I
Mrs. Humphry Ward
With this they were to surmount the stockade and gain the open.Captain Blood
Then there were the high walls of custom and prejudice to surmount.The Manxman
Tell them all together, in the class, what their difficulties will be, and how they may surmount them.The Teacher
I had a good deal of pain to surmount myself, as to the last.The Autobiography of Madame Guyon
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
- to prevail over; overcometo surmount tremendous difficulties
- to ascend and cross to the opposite side of
- to lie on top of or rise above
- to put something on top of or above
- obsolete to surpass or exceed
C14: from Old French surmonter, from sur- 1 + monter to mount 1
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Word Origin and History for surmount
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