[ ser-mount ]
/ sərˈmaʊnt /
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.
Words nearby surmount
Origin of surmount
OTHER WORDS FROM surmount
sur·mount·a·ble, adjectivesur·mount·a·ble·ness, nounsur·mount·er, nounun·sur·mount·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unsurmounted
/ (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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