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surmount

[ser-mount] /sərˈmaʊnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to mount upon; get on the top of; mount upon and cross over:
to surmount a hill.
2.
to get over or across (barriers, obstacles, etc.).
3.
to prevail over:
to surmount tremendous difficulties.
4.
to be on top of or above:
a statue surmounting a pillar.
5.
to furnish with something placed on top or above:
to surmount a tower with a spire.
6.
Obsolete.
  1. to surpass in excellence.
  2. to exceed in amount.
Origin
1325-1375
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
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Examples for unsurmountable
  • Moreover, at this stage the definition of the space co-ordinates also presents unsurmountable difficulties.
  • There are harsh, but not unsurmountable, connotations to the term.
  • Families often want out of this situation, but feel they are faced with unsurmountable barriers.
British Dictionary definitions for unsurmountable

unsurmountable

/ˌʌnsɜːˈmaʊntəbəl/
adjective
1.
(of a problem, etc) not capable of being solved or overcome

surmount

/sɜːˈmaʊnt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to prevail over; overcome to surmount tremendous difficulties
2.
to ascend and cross to the opposite side of
3.
to lie on top of or rise above
4.
to put something on top of or above
5.
(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 unsurmountable
surmount
late 14c., "to rise above, go beyond," from O.Fr. surmounter "rise above," from sur- "beyond" + monter "to go up" (see mount (v.)). Meaning "to prevail over, overcome" is recorded from late 14c.
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