surmount

  • 1 Surmount — Sur*mount , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Surmounted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Surmounting}.] [OE. sourmounten, OF. surmonter, sormonter, F. surmonter; sur over + monter to mount. See {Sur }, and {Mount}, v. i.] 1. To rise above; to be higher than; to overtop.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 surmount — I verb beat, clear, climb, command, conquer, crest, crown, defeat, dominate, exceed, excel, exsuperare, get the better of, go beyond, master, outdo, outmaneuver, outrival, overcome, overpass, overpower, overthrow, overturn, pass, prevail over,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 surmount — late 14c., to rise above, go beyond, from O.Fr. surmounter rise above, from sur beyond + monter to go up (see MOUNT (Cf. mount) (v.)). Meaning to prevail over, overcome is recorded from late 14c …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 surmount — overcome, overthrow, rout, *conquer, vanquish, defeat, subdue, subjugate, reduce, beat, lick Analogous words: surpass, transcend, outdo, outstrip, excel, *exceed …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 surmount — [v] overcome, triumph over best, better, cap, clear, conquer, crest, crown, defeat, down, exceed, hurdle, leap, lick*, negotiate, outdo, outstrip, over, overpower, overtop, pass, prevail over, rise above, subdue, surpass, throw*, top*, vanquish,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 surmount — ► VERB 1) overcome (a difficulty or obstacle). 2) stand or be placed on top of. DERIVATIVES surmountable adjective …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 surmount — [sər mount′] vt. [ME surmounten < OFr surmonter: see SUR 1 & MOUNT2] 1. Obs. to surpass or exceed; go beyond 2. to get the better of; conquer; overcome 3. to be or lie at the top of; be or rise above …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 surmount — surmountable, adj. surmountableness, n. surmounter, n. /seuhr mownt /, v.t. 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… …

    Universalium

  • 9 surmount — UK [sə(r)ˈmaʊnt] / US [sərˈmaʊnt] verb [transitive] Word forms surmount : present tense I/you/we/they surmount he/she/it surmounts present participle surmounting past tense surmounted past participle surmounted 1) to deal successfully with a… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 surmount — [[t]sə(r)ma͟ʊnt[/t]] surmounts, surmounting, surmounted 1) VERB If you surmount a problem or difficulty, you deal successfully with it. [V n] I realized I had to surmount the language barrier. Syn: overcome 2) VERB: usu passive If something is… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 surmount — /sɜˈmaʊnt / (say ser mownt) verb (t) 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. 4. to be on top of or above: a statue surmounting a …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 12 surmount — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French surmunter, from sur + munter to mount Date: 14th century 1. obsolete to surpass in quality or attainment ; excel 2. to prevail over ; overcome < surmount an obstacle > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 surmount — verb Surmount is used with these nouns as the object: ↑difficulty, ↑obstacle …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 surmount — sur|mount [səˈmaunt US sər ] v [T] formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: surmonter, from sur ( SURCHARGE) + monter to get up on to ] 1.) to succeed in dealing with a problem or difficulty = ↑overcome ▪ He has had to surmount immense… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 surmount — sur|mount [ sər maunt ] verb transitive 1. ) to deal successfully with a difficult situation or problem: John was able to surmount all these obstacles to become an outstanding leader. 2. ) usually passive to be on top of something: a temple… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 surmount — verb (T) formal 1 to succeed in dealing with a problem or difficulty; overcome: a program designed to help couples surmount marital difficulties 2 (usually passive) to be above or on top of something: a stone tower surmounted by a tall spire… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 surmount — sur•mount [[t]sərˈmaʊnt[/t]] v. t. 1) to get over or across (barriers, obstacles, etc.) 2) to prevail over; overcome: to surmount difficulties[/ex] 3) to get to the top of; mount upon 4) to be on top of or above 5) to furnish with something… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 surmount — verb to get over; to overcome this difficulty may perhaps be surmounted by care and art See Also: surmountable, insurmountable …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 surmount — Synonyms and related words: beat, best, bestraddle, bestride, better, cap, clamber, clamber up, clear, climax, climb, climb over, climb up, command, conquer, consummate, crest, crown, culminate, deck, defeat, dominate, down, escalade, finish,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 surmount — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. overtop, rise above; master, surpass, transcend; crown, cap, top; scale, climb over; overcome, conquer. See height, ascent, success. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. conquer, overcome, subdue, triumph over; …

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