- 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
Related Words for surmountingconquer, exceed, lick, surpass, subdue, crown, down, hurdle, outstrip, pass, best, better, top, overpower, leap, crest, negotiate, throw, clear, cap
Examples from the Web for surmounting
Historical Examples of surmounting
Surmounting its Early English tower is a spire of later date.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
Surmounting the central dome is a colossal statue of the Virgin.The Cathedrals of Northern France
Yet in her clear eye was a fortitude, surmounting adversity.Man of Uz, and Other Poems
Lydia Howard Sigourney
This head-gear, surmounting a small black face, is laughable in the extreme.In Eastern Seas
J. J. Smith
Surmounting the wall, I approached the spot where I had seen the reiver first.Border Ghost Stories
- 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