- An example of to surmount is to complete a difficult project.
- An example of to surmount is to climb a very tall mountain.
- An example of to surmount is to put an antennae at the top of a house.
- Obs. to surpass or exceed; go beyond
- to get the better of; conquer; overcome
- to be or lie at the top of; be or rise above
- to climb up and across (a height, obstacle, etc.)
- to place something above or on top of
Origin of surmountMiddle English surmounten ; from Old French surmonter: see sur- and amp; mount
transitive verbsur·mount·ed, sur·mount·ing, sur·mounts
- To overcome (an obstacle, for example); triumph over.
- To ascend to the top of; climb: surmount a hill.
- a. To place something above; top: The lintel was surmounted with a frieze.b. To be above or on top of: The church steeple surmounts the square.
- Obsolete To surpass or exceed in amount.
Origin of surmountMiddle English surmonten, from Old French surmonter : sur-, sur- + monter, to mount; see mount1.
(third-person singular simple present surmounts, present participle surmounting, simple past and past participle surmounted)
From Middle English, from Old French surmonter (“to rise above, surmount"), from sur- (“above") + monter (“to mount").