Meaning of MOUNT in English


I. mount 1 /maʊnt/ BrE AmE verb

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: monter 'to go up' , from Latin mons ; ⇨ ↑ mount 2 ]

1 . ORGANIZE [transitive] to plan, organize, and begin an event or a course of action:

The National Gallery mounted an exhibition of Danish painting.

mount a campaign/challenge/search etc

Friends of the Earth are mounting a campaign to monitor the illegal logging of trees.

mount an assault/attack

Guerrillas have mounted an attack on the capital.

2 . INCREASE [intransitive usually in progressive] to increase gradually in amount or degree:

Tension here is mounting, as we await the final result.

Casualties on both sides of the battle have continued to mount.

3 . HORSE/BICYCLE [intransitive and transitive] formal to get on a horse or bicycle OPP dismount :

He mounted his horse and rode on.

4 . GO UP [transitive] formal to go up a step or stairs:

He mounted the stairs and looked around him slowly.

A car suddenly mounted the pavement to avoid a vehicle coming in the opposite direction.

5 . PICTURE [transitive] to fix a picture to a larger piece of stiff paper so that it looks more attractive

mount something on/onto something

Entries to the photography competition should be mounted on white paper.

6 . SEX [transitive] technical if a male animal mounts a female animal, he gets up onto her back to have sex ⇨ ↑ mounted

mount up phrasal verb

to gradually increase in amount:

At £6 a ticket, the cost quickly mounts up.

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▪ mountain a very high hill:

the highest mountain in Austria

▪ hill an area of land that is higher than the land around it, which is like a mountain but smaller and usually has a rounded top:

We went for a walk in the hills.


The house is surrounded by woods, farmland and gentle hills.

▪ Mount ( also Mt written abbreviation ) used in the names of mountains. Don’t say ‘Fuji Mountain’ – say ‘Mount Fuji’ :

Mount Everest

▪ cliff the steep side of an area of land, often next to the sea:

the white cliffs of Dover

▪ precipice especially literary a very steep and dangerous cliff:

They were standing on the edge of a precipice.

▪ crag a high steep rock or mountain:

An eagle sailed over the high crags.

▪ ridge a long narrow area of high ground, especially at the top of a mountain:

I could see a group of climbers high up on a ridge.

▪ knoll a small round hill:

a grassy knoll

▪ volcano a mountain with a large hole at the top, through which ↑ lava (=hot liquid rock) is sometimes forced out:

the eruption of a volcano

▪ summit the very highest point of a mountain:

the summit of Mt Everest

▪ peak especially literary the top of a mountain:

the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas


a distant peak

▪ range/chain a group of mountains or hills arranged in a line:

the mountain range that is part of the border between Norway and Sweden

▪ foothills a group of smaller hills below a range of high mountains:

the Sierra foothills

II. mount 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Sense 1,4: Date: 800-900 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: mont , from Latin mons 'mountain' ]

[ Sense 2-3: Date: 1300-1400 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ mount 1 ]

1 . Mount ( written abbreviation Mt ) used as part of the name of a mountain:

Mount Everest

2 . formal a horse that you ride on

3 . stiff paper that is put behind or around a picture so that it looks more attractive

4 . literary a mountain

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.