- 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 surmounted
When the window was new it must have been surmounted in the middle of the arch by an ornamental design.The Dream
Nevertheless doubts remained, innumerable and not to be surmounted.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Upon the top of the bank was a low brick wall, surmounted by an iron railing.A Tale of Two Cities
A canopied seat of Justice is surmounted by the lion and unicorn.The Silver Box (First Series Plays)
These indeed are the difficulties that cannot be surmounted, and the only ones.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
- 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 surmounted
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