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surpass

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transitive verb sur·pass \sər-ˈpas\

Simple Definition of surpass

  • : to be better or greater than (someone or something)

Full Definition of surpass

  1. 1 :  to become better, greater, or stronger than :  exceed <surpassed her rivals> <surpassed all expectations>

  2. 2 :  to go beyond :  overstep

  3. 3 :  to transcend the reach, capacity, or powers of <a beauty that surpasses description>

sur·pass·able play \-ˈpa-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of surpass

  1. Attendance is expected to surpass last year's record.

  2. Last quarter, sales surpassed two million.

  3. 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

exceed, surpass, transcend, excel, outdo, outstrip mean to go or be beyond a stated or implied limit, measure, or degree. exceed implies going beyond a limit set by authority or established by custom or by prior achievement <exceed the speed limit>. surpass suggests superiority in quality, merit, or skill <the book surpassed our expectations>. transcend implies a rising or extending notably above or beyond ordinary limits <transcended the values of their culture>. excel implies preeminence in achievement or quality and may suggest superiority to all others <excels in mathematics>. outdo applies to a bettering or exceeding what has been done before <outdid herself this time>. outstrip suggests surpassing in a race or competition <outstripped other firms in sales>.


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