Definition of surmount in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈmaʊnt/


[with object]
1Overcome (a difficulty or obstacle): all manner of cultural differences were surmounted
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  • While a poor production can easily reduce a great play to disordered rubbish, it's a bit more difficult for a fine production to surmount the obstacles presented by an absurdly tangled script.
  • The scavenger molecules, when added to the bulk, also find it difficult to surmount this barrier and pick up the proton from the protein surface.
  • Moreover, a syndicate bank will find it difficult to surmount the usual exclusion clauses and disclaimers inserted in the documentation.
overcome, conquer, get over, prevail over, triumph over, get the better of, beat, vanquish, master;
clear, cross, make one's way round/past/over, make it round/past/over, pass over, be unstoppable by;
2Stand or be placed on top of: the tomb was surmounted by a sculptured angel
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  • An altar surmounted by an urn stands on a high podium in front of the ruins of the Basilica of Maxentius.
  • This, along with certain features of its design, has led to the conjecture that it was intended to surmount a tomb on which more facts would have been inscribed but that this part of the plan was abandoned.
  • If you keep heading upwards then sooner or later you'll reach the jewel that surmounts Alfama's crown.



Pronunciation: /səˈmaʊntəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Given enough identifiers, every spam attack is surmountable.
  • You inspire us to know that all obstacles of human achievement and progress are surmountable.
  • A four-point deficit would not have been surmountable, especially with the aid of the wind on the turnover but an injury time goal had a devastating effect on the Ballyfin girls.


Late Middle English (also in the sense 'surpass, be superior to'): from Old French surmonter (see sur-1, mount1).

Words that rhyme with surmount

account, amount, count, fount, miscount, mount, no-account

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