verb (used with object)
- to surpass in excellence.
- to exceed in amount.
Origin of surmount
Examples from the Web for surmounted
The casemates (gunrooms) of the lower tier on the left flank were surmounted by a second tier identical in appearance.Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina|Frank Barnes
The inquisitors found it galling and surmounted the obstacle with an utterly disgraceful quibble.Medival Heresy and the Inquisition|A. S. Turberville
It was a one-storied house, with a stone gallery, on which the servants' attics opened, and surmounted by a low tilted roof.The Conspirators|Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
The tube is surmounted by a basin which measures from north to south fifty-two feet across, and from east to west sixty feet.Wonders of the Yellowstone|James Richardson
The face and the hair were of gold, and it was surmounted by a gold crown set with precious stones.A Spring Walk in Provence|Archibald Marshall
Word Origin for surmount
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.