Definition of mount verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//maʊnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//maʊnt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mount
    BrE BrE//maʊnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//maʊnt//
    he / she / it mounts
    BrE BrE//maʊnts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//maʊnts//
    past simple mounted
    BrE BrE//ˈmaʊntɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaʊntɪd//
    past participle mounted
    BrE BrE//ˈmaʊntɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaʊntɪd//
    -ing form mounting
    BrE BrE//ˈmaʊntɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaʊntɪŋ//
    Equine sports
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  1. 1  [transitive] mount something to organize and begin something synonym arrange to mount a protest/campaign/an exhibition
  2. increase
  3. 2  [intransitive] to increase gradually Pressure is mounting on the government to change the law. The death toll continues to mount. see also mounting
  4. go up something
  5. 3  [transitive] mount something (formal) to go up something, or up on to something that is raised synonym ascend She slowly mounted the steps. He mounted the platform and addressed the crowd.
  6. bicycle/horse
  7. 4  [transitive, intransitive] mount (something) (rather formal) to get on a bicycle, horse, etc. in order to ride it He mounted his horse and rode away. opposite dismount see also mounted See related entries: Equine sports
  8. picture/jewel, etc.
  9. 5[transitive] mount something (on/onto/in something) to fix something into position on something, so that you can use it, look at it or study it The specimens were mounted on slides. The diamond is mounted in gold.
  10. of male animal
  11. 6[transitive] mount something to get onto the back of a female animal in order to have sex
  12. Word Originverb Middle English: from Old French munter, based on Latin mons, mont- ‘mountain’.Extra examples Election fever is mounting hourly. The company successfully mounted a takeover bid in 1996. The cost quickly mounts up. The prints were beautifully mounted. The specimens were carefully mounted on slides. The switch is mounted directly on the wall. Raids were mounted to rescue the hostages. The National Gallery mounted a major exhibition of her work. The party successfully mounted a campaign to change the law. He mounted and galloped off.Idioms
    mount/stand/keep guard (over somebody/something)
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    to watch or protect somebody/something Four soldiers stood guard over the coffin.
    Phrasal Verbsmount up
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mount