Pronunciation: (sur-mount'),[key] —v.t. 1. to mount upon; get on the top of; mount upon and cross over: to surmount a hill. 2. to get over or across (barriers, obstacles, etc.).
3. to prevail over: to surmount tremendous difficulties. 4. to be on top of or above: a statue surmounting a pillar. 5. to furnish with something placed on top or above: to surmount a tower with a spire. 6. Obs. a. to surpass in excellence.
b. to exceed in amount.