transitive verb \sər-ˈmant\

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

: to be placed at the top of (something)

Full Definition of SURMOUNT

obsolete :  to surpass in quality or attainment :  excel
:  to prevail over :  overcome <surmount an obstacle>
:  to get to the top of :  climb
:  to stand or lie at the top of
sur·mount·able \-ˈman-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


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