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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: surmonter, from sur- ( SURCHARGE) + monter 'to get up on to'

surmount

verb
     
sur‧mount [transitive] formal
1 to succeed in dealing with a problem or difficulty [= overcome]:
He has had to surmount immense physical disabilities.
2 [usually passive] to be above or on top of something:
a tower surmounted by a dome
surmountable adjective

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