[ ser-mount ]
/ sərˈmaʊnt /
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verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of surmount
OTHER WORDS FROM surmountsur·mount·a·ble [ser-moun-tuh-buhl], /sərˈmaʊn tə bəl/, adjectivesur·mount·er, nounun·sur·mount·ed, adjective
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How to use surmount in a sentence
The idea of placing atop this perfect thing a big granite planith surmounted by a representational bronze ... ugh.Proposed Orwell Statue Faces Orwellian Politics at BBC|David Frum|August 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
These have canted bay windows below them, and their pediments are surmounted by figures representing Mercury and Athæne.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
We did not perceive the little town until we had surmounted the last eminence and were in its immediate vicinity.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
This and the following monument are partly let into the wall, and are surmounted by beautiful Gothic canopies.
Through the partly open door, Lowell caught a glimpse of an aristocratic face, surmounted by gray hair.Mystery Ranch|Arthur Chapman
Of variety of perilous adventures and peril, ingeniously surmounted, there is no lack.Blown to Bits|Robert Michael Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for surmount
/ (sɜːˈmaʊnt) /
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
Derived forms of surmountsurmountable, adjectivesurmountableness, nounsurmounter, noun
Word Origin for surmount
C14: from Old French surmonter, from sur- 1 + monter to mount 1
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