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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overcome, get over, subdue, surmount, masterverb

    get on top of; deal with successfully

    "He overcame his shyness"

  2. surmountverb

    be on top of

    "The scarf surmounted the gown"

  3. scale, surmountverb

    reach the highest point of

    "We scaled the Mont Blanc"

  4. surpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, surmount, outperformverb

    be or do something to a greater degree

    "her performance surpasses that of any other student I know"; "She outdoes all other athletes"; "This exceeds all my expectations"; "This car outperforms all others in its class"


  1. surmountverb

    to get over; to overcome

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To SURMOUNTverb

    Etymology: surmonter, French.

    The mountains of Olympus, Atho, and Atlas, over-reach and surmount all winds and clouds. Walter Raleigh.

    Though no resistance was made, the English had much ado to surmount the natural difficulties of the place the greatest part of one day. John Hayward.

    He hardly escaped to the Persian court; from whence, if the love of his country had not surmounted its base ingratitude to him, he had many invitations to return at the head of the Persian fleet; but he rather chose a voluntary death. Jonathan Swift.

    What surmounts the reach
    Of human sense, I shall delineate so,
    By lik’ning spiritual to corporeal forms,
    As may express them best. John Milton, Paradise Lost.


  1. surmount

    Surmount generally means to overcome or conquer a difficult task, challenge, or obstacle. It can also refer to being situated on top of something or being higher than something else.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surmountverb

    to rise above; to be higher than; to overtop

  2. Surmountverb

    to conquer; to overcome; as, to surmount difficulties or obstacles

  3. Surmountverb

    to surpass; to exceed

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Surmount

    sur-mownt′, v.t. to mount above: to surpass: to overcome, get the better of.—adj. Surmount′able, that may be surmounted.—n. Surmount′ableness.—adj. Surmount′ed, surpassed: overcome: (archit.) denoting an arch or dome rising higher than a semicircle: (her.) denoting a figure when another is laid over it.—n. Surmount′er. [Fr.—sur (L. super), above, monter, to mount.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of surmount in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of surmount in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of surmount in a Sentence

  1. Azhar Sabri:

    Education is a type of money which surmount when expend.

  2. Thomas Jefferson:

    It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate - to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.

  3. Gaius Julius Caesar:

    He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.

  4. Dorit Rabinyan novel:

    The two heroes spend a winter overseas and manage to get to know each other in great detail, something that could not happen on the disputed land, perhaps their ability to surmount the obstacles of the Middle East conflict is what threatens the Education Ministry.

  5. Martin Van Buren:

    We have seen time gradually dispel every unfavorable foreboding and our Constitution surmount every adverse circumstance dreaded at the outset as beyond control.

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