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[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.
  1. to surpass in excellence.
  2. to exceed in amount.
1325-75; Middle English surmounten < Anglo-French surmounter, Middle French. See sur-1, mount1
Related forms
surmountable, adjective
surmountableness, noun
surmounter, noun
unsurmountable, adjective
unsurmounted, adjective Unabridged
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  • These letters are surrounded by a semicircle of gold lace surmounted by a cross.
  • In time, these inevitable barriers to integration might have been surmounted smoothly.
  • All these risk-takers see their environment, which is typically urban, as a giant obstacle course waiting to be surmounted.
  • Her sketch calls for an arch surmounted with a globe and an eagle.
  • But that can only happen if troubling issues of cost and practicality can be surmounted.
  • There are still real balance sheet problems that have to be surmounted.
  • Now the first project to have surmounted those obstacles has broken ground.
  • Yet perils are surmounted and the humans are soon back in bathing suits and at ease with the poles and flowers.
  • The ring displays two hands clasping a heart, usually surmounted by a crown.
  • At the center of the blockfront rose the entrance section, surmounted by a pyramidal roof carrying a clock tower.
British Dictionary definitions for surmounted


verb (transitive)
to prevail over; overcome: to 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
surmountable, adjective
surmountableness, noun
surmounter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French surmonter, from sur-1 + monter to mount1
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Word Origin and History for surmounted



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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