- 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 surmounting
Surmounting its Early English tower is a spire of later date.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
Surmounting the central dome is a colossal statue of the Virgin.The Cathedrals of Northern France
Yet in her clear eye was a fortitude, surmounting adversity.Man of Uz, and Other Poems
Lydia Howard Sigourney
This head-gear, surmounting a small black face, is laughable in the extreme.In Eastern Seas
J. J. Smith
Surmounting the wall, I approached the spot where I had seen the reiver first.Border Ghost Stories
- 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 surmounting
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