verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Origin of mount

1300–50; Middle English mounten < Old French munter, monter < Vulgar Latin *montāre, derivative of Latin mont- (stem of mōns) mount2
Related formsmount·a·ble, adjectivemount·less, adjectiveun·mount·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms for mount

1. scale. See climb. 19. soar. 22. steed, charger, palfrey.

Antonyms for mount

1, 19. descend.



noun Chiefly Literary.

a mountain: often used as part of a placename.

Origin of mount

before 900; Middle English, Old English munt < Latin mont- (stem of mōns) mountain, hill


or mt.

mount: Mt. Rainier. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mount




to go up (a hill, stairs, etc); climb
to get up on (a horse, a platform, etc)
(intr often foll by up) io increase; accumulateexcitement mounted
(tr) to fix onto a backing, setting, or supportto mount a photograph; to mount a slide
(tr) to provide with a horse for riding, or to place on a horse
(of male animals) to climb onto (a female animal) for copulation
(tr) to prepare (a play, musical comedy, etc) for production
(tr) to plan and organize (a compaign, an exhibition, etc)
(tr) military to prepare or launch (an operation)the Allies mounted an offensive
(tr) to prepare (a skeleton, dead animal, etc) for exhibition as a specimen
(tr) to place or carry (weapons) in such a position that they can be fired
mount guard See guard (def. 26)


a backing, setting, or support onto which something is fixed
the act or manner of mounting
a horse for riding
a slide used in microscopy
  1. a small transparent pocket in an album for a postage stamp
  2. another word for hinge (def. 5)
Derived Formsmountable, adjectivemounter, noun

Word Origin for mount

C16: from Old French munter, from Vulgar Latin montāre (unattested) from Latin mons mount ²




a mountain or hill: used in literature and (when cap.) in proper namesMount Everest
(in palmistry) any of the seven cushions of flesh on the palm of the hand

Word Origin for mount

Old English munt, from Latin mons mountain, but influenced in Middle English by Old French mont
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Word Origin and History for mount

c.1300, "to mount a horse;" mid-14c., "to rise up, ascend; fly," from Old French monter "to go up, ascend, climb, mount," from Vulgar Latin *montare, from Latin mons (genitive montis) "mountain" (see mount (n.)). Meaning "to set or place in position" first recorded 1530s. Sense of "to get up on for purposes of copulation" is from 1590s. Related: Mounted; mounting.


"hill, mountain," mid-13c., from Anglo-French mount, Old French mont "mountain;" also perhaps partly from Old English munt "mountain;" both the Old English and the French words from Latin montem (nominative mons) "mountain," from PIE root *men- "to stand out, project" (cf. Latin eminere "to stand out;" Sanskrit manya "nape of the neck," Latin monile "necklace;" Old Irish muin "neck," Welsh mwnwgl "neck," mwng "mane;" Welsh mynydd "mountain").


"that on which something is mounted," 1739, from mount (v.). The colloquial meaning "a horse for riding" is first recorded 1856.

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Medicine definitions for mount




To prepare a specimen for microscopic examination, especially by positioning on a slide.
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