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English definition of “surmount”

surmount

verb [T] (DEAL WITH)    /səˈmaʊnt/ US  /sɚ-/ formal
to deal successfully with a difficulty or problem: They managed to surmount all opposition/objections to their plans. There are still a few technical problems/obstacles/hurdles to be surmounted before the product can be put on sale to the public.Dealing with things or peopleActing and actsCoping and not copingTolerating and enduring surmountable     /-ˈmaʊn.tə.bəl/ US  /-ˈmaʊn.t̬ə.bəl/ adjective
(Definition of surmount verb (DEAL WITH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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