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Definition overcome (to successfully deal with an obstacle)

More rarely, surmount may mean to get on top of, be on top of, or reach the highest point of.
  • She surmounted many challenges on her way to becoming a successful business owner.
surmounted = overcame
  • I believe I can surmount the obstacles and succeed.
  • surmount = overcome
  • 'Production!' become a chorused refrain whilst, without interrupting the action and the comings and goings, one hears, in voices loud enough to surmount the tumult, the following speeches:
    Eugene Ionesco  --  The Future Is in Eggs
  • surmount = overcome
  • But at last she surmounted it and sat alone on the heights, with naked eyes, and an unconscious prayer on her lips.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Mysticism isn't difficult when you survive each second by surmounting open hostility.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • "Thomas, do you think I would want to subject Shiva to a risk he couldn't surmount?
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • 'This Hector far surmounted Hannibal,'— COSTARD.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love's Labour's Lost
  • Surmounting his weakness, he got up from his seat and jerked the window straps up and down trying to open the window.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • And we're gaining a much better tactical sense of how to do the surmounting.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • He wore a profusion of ribbons on his garment, and gold lace on his hat, which was also encircled by a gold chain, and surmounted with a feather.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I repeated Chairman Mao's quotation, "Be resolute, fear no sacrifice, and surmount every difficulty to win victory."
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • This man wore in his girdle a rich dagger whose hilt, of silver gilt, was chased in the form of a helmet, and surmounted by a count's coronet.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • It was a brick wall surmounted with a huge boost from a mentor and some sincere groveling.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • In the centre was a hillock or tumulus, surmounted by a scorched hawthorn.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • In this way an incident, which most had felt could never be surmounted and which no doubt would destroy the marriage, was cemented over.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Below, though the threads were in places blurred or broken, the outline could be seen of an anvil and a hammer surmounted by a crown with seven stars.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • And yet it's good that we have to surmount them, since it makes the end that much more beautiful.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • It was surmounted by a portrait of Napoleon, in profile, executed by Squealer in white paint.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • After surmounting your unconquerable horror of the bed, you will retire to rest, and get a few hours' unquiet slumber.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • It was dusk when they surmounted it.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert

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