Etymology
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surmount (v.)

early 14c., "to rise above, go beyond," from Old French surmonter "rise above," from sur- "beyond" (see sur- (1)) + monter "to go up" (see mount (v.)). Meaning "to prevail over, overcome" is recorded from late 14c. Related: Surmounted; surmounting.

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Definitions of surmount

surmount (v.)
get on top of; deal with successfully;
Synonyms: overcome / get over / subdue / master
surmount (v.)
be on top of;
The scarf surmounted the gown
surmount (v.)
reach the highest point of;
Synonyms: scale
surmount (v.)
be or do something to a greater degree;
Synonyms: surpass / outstrip / outmatch / outgo / exceed / outdo / outperform
From wordnet.princeton.edu