AskDefine | Define surmount

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1 get on top of; deal with successfully; "He overcame his shyness" [syn: overcome, get over, subdue, master]
2 be on top of; "The scarf surmounted the gown"
3 reach the highest point of; "We scaled the Mont Blanc" [syn: scale]
4 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" [syn: surpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, outperform]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. to get over; to overcome
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 10.
      this difficulty may perhaps be surmounted by care and art


to get over; to overcome
  • Czech: překonat
  • Dutch: overwinnen
  • Finnish: voittaa, jättää jotain taaksen, päästä jonkin yli
  • German: überwinden
  • Norwegian: overvinne
  • Portuguese: superar

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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