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verb (used with object)
  1. to mount upon; get on the top of; mount upon and cross over: to surmount a hill.
  2. to get over or across (barriers, obstacles, etc.).
  3. to prevail over: to surmount tremendous difficulties.
  4. to be on top of or above: a statue surmounting a pillar.
  5. to furnish with something placed on top or above: to surmount a tower with a spire.
  6. Obsolete.
    1. to surpass in excellence.
    2. to exceed in amount.
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Origin of surmount

1325–75; Middle English surmounten < Anglo-French surmounter, Middle French. See sur-1, mount1
Related formssur·mount·a·ble, adjectivesur·mount·a·ble·ness, nounsur·mount·er, nounun·sur·mount·a·ble, adjectiveun·sur·mount·ed, adjective
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Related Words for surmounted

conquer, exceed, lick, surpass, subdue, crown, down, hurdle, outstrip, pass, best, better, top, overpower, leap, crest, negotiate, throw, clear, cap

Examples from the Web for surmounted

Historical Examples of surmounted

  • When the window was new it must have been surmounted in the middle of the arch by an ornamental design.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Nevertheless doubts remained, innumerable and not to be surmounted.

  • Upon the top of the bank was a low brick wall, surmounted by an iron railing.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • A canopied seat of Justice is surmounted by the lion and unicorn.

  • These indeed are the difficulties that cannot be surmounted, and the only ones.

British Dictionary definitions for surmounted


verb (tr)
  1. to prevail over; overcometo surmount tremendous difficulties
  2. to ascend and cross to the opposite side of
  3. to lie on top of or rise above
  4. to put something on top of or above
  5. obsolete to surpass or exceed
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Derived Formssurmountable, adjectivesurmountableness, nounsurmounter, noun

Word Origin for surmount

C14: from Old French surmonter, from sur- 1 + monter to mount 1
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Word Origin and History for surmounted



late 14c., "to rise above, go beyond," from Old French surmounter "rise above," from sur- "beyond" (see sur-) + monter "to go up" (see mount (v.)). Meaning "to prevail over, overcome" is recorded from late 14c. Related: Surmounted; surmounting.

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