Simple Definition of surpass
: to be better or greater than (someone or something)
Examples of surpass
Attendance is expected to surpass last year's record.
Last quarter, sales surpassed two million.
His work regularly surpasses all expectations.
Origin of surpass
Middle French surpasser, from sur- + passer to pass
First Known Use: 1555
Synonym Discussion of surpass
Rhymes with surpass
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SURPASS Defined for Kids
Definition of surpass
1 : to be greater, better, or stronger than : exceed <“You will find that the conditions at a fair will surpass your wildest dreams.” — E. B. White, Charlotte's Web>
2 : to go beyond the reach or powers of <The task surpassed their strength.>
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