from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To overcome (an obstacle, for example); conquer.
- transitive v. To ascend to the top of; climb.
- transitive v. To place something above; top.
- transitive v. To be above or on top of: The church steeple surmounts the square.
- transitive v. Obsolete To surpass or exceed in amount.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to get over; to overcome
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To rise above; to be higher than; to overtop.
- transitive v. To conquer; to overcome.
- transitive v. To surpass; to exceed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To mount or rise above; overtop; excel; surpass.
- To mount up on; pass over by mounting.
- To place something over or upon.
- To overcome; pass over, as difficulties or obstacles; get the better of.
- To rise up; hence, to surpass; exceed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be on top of
- v. get on top of; deal with successfully
- v. reach the highest point of
- v. be or do something to a greater degree
Middle English surmonten, from Old French surmonter : sur-, sur- + monter, to mount; see mount1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French surmonter ("to rise above, surmount"), from sur- ("above") + monter ("to mount"). (Wiktionary)