surmount

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verb sur·mount \sər-ˈmau̇nt\

Definition of surmount

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  to surpass in quality or attainment :  excel

  3. 2 :  to prevail over :  overcome surmount an obstacle

  4. 3 :  to get to the top of :  climb

  5. 4 :  to stand or lie at the top of

surmountable

play \-ˈmau̇n-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of surmount in a Sentence

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

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Did You Know?

Our verb mount, meaning "ascend, get up onto", comes from the same Latin root as mountain, and we keep those images in mind when using surmount, since climbing up or over a mountain is a symbol of achievement. The word almost always refers to human effort, and almost always in a positive way; thus, we speak of surmounting difficulties, surmounting problems, surmounting hurdles, surmounting handicaps—you get the idea.

Origin and Etymology of surmount

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


SURMOUNT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of surmount for English Language Learners

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

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


SURMOUNT Defined for Kids

surmount

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verb sur·mount \sər-ˈmau̇nt\

Definition of surmount for Students

surmounted

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surmounting

  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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