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verb [transitive] surmount pronunciation in British English /sə(r)ˈmaʊnt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theysurmount
he/she/itsurmounts
present participlesurmounting
past tensesurmounted
past participlesurmounted
  1. 1
    to deal successfully with a difficult situation or problem

    John was able to surmount all these obstacles to become an outstanding leader.

  2. 2
    [usually passive] to be on top of something

    a temple surmounted by a colossal statue

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