surmount | surmountable | insurmountable

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

deal successfully with something

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surmount - overcome

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The word ‘surmount’ is typically used in relation to finding a way to overcome difficulties or problems. A good way to remember how to use it is to focus on the ‘mount’ part of the word and think of it as overcoming a mountain-sized problem. The term ‘insurmountable’ expresses something that cannot be overcome, though it is commonly used in the context of succeeding against seemingly impossible odds.

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  1. We’ve had to surmount a lot of obstacles to get this far, but finally we are ready to launch our product.

  2. Some issues still remain before we can get the project over the line, but they are at least surmountable.

  3. Despite facing seemingly insurmountable odds, the team somehow managed to emerge victorious in the contest.

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