V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to overcome an obstacle; 2. to be above; 3. to deal with successfully

Synonyms: overcome, prevail, triumph, conquer

Antonyms: fail, succumb

Tips: Surmount is derived from the Old French surmounter, "to rise above, go beyond." Think of the word mount, as in, "mount your horse." Mount means to get on top. Surmount means "to go beyond being on top." If you surmount something, you have prevailed and triumphed over it--you have gone beyond being on top. Surmount is often used to denote achieving success by overcoming difficulties. Think of figuratively climbing over an obstacle and continuing on to achieve success.

Usage Examples:

Joanna was able to surmount the challenges faced by someone who comes to the U.S. not speaking any English. (overcome)

After his car accident, he was able to surmount the challenges of being in a wheel chair and went on to be one of the most successful and respected trial attorneys in the state. (overcome)

After his wife passed away, he had to surmount the difficulties of raising five children on his own. (overcome)

The basketball team had an amazing comeback--they were able to surmount a 20 point deficit. (overcome and win)

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