[ mount ]
See synonyms for: mountmountedmounting on

verb (used with object)
  1. to go up; climb; ascend: to mount stairs.

  2. to get up on (a platform, a horse, etc.).

  1. to set or place at an elevation: to mount a house on stilts.

  2. to furnish with a horse or other animal for riding.

  3. to set or place (a person) on horseback.

  4. to organize, as an army.

  5. to prepare and launch, as an attack or a campaign.

  6. to raise or put into position for use, as a gun.

  7. (of a fortress or warship) to have or carry (guns) in position for use.

  8. to go or put on guard, as a sentry or watch.

  9. to attach to or fix on or in a support, backing, setting, etc.: to mount a photograph; to mount a diamond in a ring.

  10. to arrange for display: to mount a museum exhibit.

  11. to provide (a play, musical comedy, opera, etc.) with scenery, costumes, and other equipment for production.

  12. to prepare (an animal body or skeleton) as a specimen.

  13. (of a male animal) to climb upon (a female) for copulation.

  14. Microscopy.

    • to prepare (a slide) for microscopic investigation.

    • to prepare (a sample) for examination by a microscope, as by placing it on a slide.

verb (used without object)
  1. to increase in amount or intensity (often followed by up): The cost of all those small purchases mounts up.

  2. to get up on the back of a horse or other animal for riding.

  1. to rise or go to a higher position, level, degree, etc.; ascend:

  2. to get up on something, as a platform.

  1. the act or a manner of mounting.

  2. a horse, other animal, or sometimes a vehicle, as a bicycle, used, provided, or available for riding.

  1. an act or occasion of riding a horse, especially in a race.

  2. a support, backing, setting, or the like, on or in which something is, or is to be, mounted or fixed.

  3. an ornamental metal piece applied to a piece of wooden furniture.

  4. Microscopy. a prepared slide.

  5. a distinctive metal feature on a sheath or scabbard, as a locket or chape.

  6. Philately. hinge (def. 4).

  7. Printing. a wooden or metal block to which a plate is secured for printing.

Origin of mount

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English mounten, from Old French munter, monter,Vulgar Latin (unattested) montāre, derivative of Latin mont- (stem of mōns) mount2

synonym study For mount

1. See climb.

Other words for mount

Opposites for mount

Other words from mount

  • mount·a·ble, adjective
  • mountless, adjective
  • un·mount·a·ble, adjective

Other definitions for mount (2 of 2)

[ mount ]

nounChiefly Literary.
  1. a mountain: often used as part of a placename.

Origin of mount

First recorded before 900; Middle English mount(e), mont, munt(e), Old English munt “mount, hill, mountain,” from Latin mont- (inflectional stem of mōns ) “mountain, hill” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mount in a sentence

  • A foreword as to care of mountable specimens in the field may save a great amount of cleaning of mussed skins in the shop.

    Taxidermy | Leon Luther Pray

British Dictionary definitions for mount (1 of 2)


/ (maʊnt) /

  1. to go up (a hill, stairs, etc); climb

  2. to get up on (a horse, a platform, etc)

  1. (intr often foll by up) io increase; accumulate: excitement mounted

  2. (tr) to fix onto a backing, setting, or support: to mount a photograph; to mount a slide

  3. (tr) to provide with a horse for riding, or to place on a horse

  4. (of male animals) to climb onto (a female animal) for copulation

  5. (tr) to prepare (a play, musical comedy, etc) for production

  6. (tr) to plan and organize (a compaign, an exhibition, etc)

  7. (tr) military to prepare or launch (an operation): the Allies mounted an offensive

  8. (tr) to prepare (a skeleton, dead animal, etc) for exhibition as a specimen

  9. (tr) to place or carry (weapons) in such a position that they can be fired

  10. mount guard See guard (def. 26)

  1. a backing, setting, or support onto which something is fixed

  2. the act or manner of mounting

  1. a horse for riding

  2. a slide used in microscopy

  3. philately

    • a small transparent pocket in an album for a postage stamp

    • another word for hinge (def. 5)

Origin of mount

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

Derived forms of mount

  • mountable, adjective
  • mounter, noun

British Dictionary definitions for mount (2 of 2)


/ (maʊnt) /

  1. a mountain or hill: used in literature and (when cap.) in proper names: Mount Everest

  2. (in palmistry) any of the seven cushions of flesh on the palm of the hand

Origin of mount

Old English munt, from Latin mons mountain, but influenced in Middle English by Old French mont

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