noun (1)
\ ˈmau̇nt How to pronounce mount (audio) \

Definition of mount

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a high hill : mountain used especially before an identifying name Mount Everest
2 archaic : earthwork sense 1


mounted; mounting; mounts

Definition of mount (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : rise, ascend
2 : to increase in amount or extent expenses began to mount
3 : to get up on something above the level of the ground especially : to seat oneself (as on a horse) for riding

transitive verb

1a : to go up : climb
b(1) : to seat or place oneself on
(2) : to climb on top of for copulation
2a : to lift up : raise
b(1) : to put or have in position mount artillery
(2) : to have as equipment
c(1) : to organize and equip (an attacking force) mount an army
(2) : to launch and carry out (something, such as an assault or a campaign)
3 : to set on something that elevates
4a : to cause to get on a means of conveyance
b : to furnish with animals for riding
5 : to post or set up for defense or observation mounted some guards
6a : to attach to a support
b : to arrange or assemble for use or display
7a : to prepare (something, such as a specimen) for examination or display
b : to prepare and supply with materials needed for performance or execution mount an opera


noun (2)

Definition of mount (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : an act or instance of mounting specifically : an opportunity to ride a horse in a race
2 : frame, support: such as
a : the material (such as cardboard) on which a picture is mounted
b : a jewelry setting
c(1) : an undercarriage or part on which a device (such as a motor or an artillery piece) rests in service
(2) : an attachment for an accessory
d : a hinge, card, or acetate envelope for mounting a stamp
e : a glass slide with its accessories on which objects are placed for examination with a microscope
3 : a means of conveyance especially : saddle horse

Other Words from mount


mountable \ ˈmau̇n-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce mount (audio) \ adjective
mounter noun

Examples of mount in a Sentence

Verb Their troubles have continued to mount. The pressure mounted as the crisis continued. The cowboy mounted his horse and then quickly dismounted. She mounted her bicycle and rode away.

First Known Use of mount

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mount

Noun (1)

Middle English munt, mont, mount, in part going back to Old English munt, borrowed from Latin mont-, mons; in part borrowed from Anglo-French munt, mount (continental Old French mon, mont), going back to Latin mont-, mons "mountain, hill, towering heap, pile," derivative, with the suffix *-ti-, of Indo-European *mon- "elevation, height," whence also, from a base *monii̯o-, Welsh mynydd "mountain," Old Cornish menit (Cornish meneth), Old Breton monid (Breton menez)

Note: Also cited as comparable forms are Avestan maiti- "mountain" (hapax legomenon—see C. Bartholomae, Altiranisches Wörterbuch, 1112-13) and Old Icelandic mønir "ridge of a roof." The etymon *mon- is usually taken to be o-grade ablaut of the verbal base *men- (or *min-) seen in Latin minae "threats" and ēminēre "to stick out, protrude" (see minatory, mouth entry 1).


Middle English mounten, monten "to rise up, ascend, get up onto (a horse), add up (to)," borrowed from Anglo-French monter, munter (transitive) "to climb (something), get up onto (a horse), add up to, set up, prepare," (intransitive) "to go upward, get on horseback, go up in the world, rise in intensity" (also continental Old & Middle French), going back to Vulgar Latin *montāre, derivative of Latin mont-, mons "mountain, hill" — more at mount entry 1

Noun (2)

derivative of mount entry 2

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\ ˈmau̇nt How to pronounce mount (audio) \

Kids Definition of mount

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a high hill : mountain
Hint: Mount is used especially before a proper name.
Mount Everest


mounted; mounting

Kids Definition of mount (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to go up : climb mount a ladder
2 : to get up onto something mount a platform mount a horse
3 : to increase rapidly in amount His debts were mounting.
4 : to prepare for use or display by fastening in position on a support I mounted a picture on cardboard.
5 : to organize and carry out Police mounted a search.



Kids Definition of mount (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a frame or support that holds something a camera lens mount
2 : a horse used for riding


transitive verb
\ ˈmau̇nt How to pronounce mount (audio) \

Medical Definition of mount

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to prepare for examination or display specifically : to place (an object) on a slide for microscopic examination mount a specimen



Medical Definition of mount (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a glass slide with its accessories on which objects are placed for examination with a microscope
2 : a specimen mounted on a slide for microscopic examination

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