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surmount

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transitive verb sur·mount \sər-ˈmau̇nt\

Simple Definition of surmount

  • : to deal with (a problem or a difficult situation) successfully

  • : to be placed at the top of (something)

Full Definition of surmount

  1. 1 obsolete :  to surpass in quality or attainment :  excel

  2. 2 :  to prevail over :  overcome <surmount an obstacle>

  3. 3 :  to get to the top of :  climb

  4. 4 :  to stand or lie at the top of

sur·mount·able play \-ˈmau̇n-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of surmount

  1. <an Olympic swimmer who surmounted endless obstacles to achieve her goals>



Origin of surmount

Middle English, from Anglo-French surmunter, from sur- + munter to mount


First Known Use: 14th century


SURMOUNT Defined for Kids

surmount

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verb sur·mount \sər-ˈmau̇nt\

Definition of surmount

sur·mount·edsur·mount·ing

  1. 1 :  overcome 1 <He'll have to surmount difficulties to win.>

  2. 2 :  to get to the top of

  3. 3 :  to be at the top of <A castle surmounts the cliff.>





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