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Meaning of surmount

sur•mount

Pronunciation: (sur-mount'), [key]
— 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 tremendous difficulties.
  4. to be on top of or above: a statue surmounting a pillar.
  5. to furnish with something placed on top or above: to surmount a tower with a spire.
    1. to surpass in excellence.
    2. to exceed in amount.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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