Simple Definition of surpass
: to be better or greater than (someone or something)
Examples of surpass in a sentence
Attendance is expected to surpass last year's record.
Last quarter, sales surpassed two million.
His work regularly surpasses all expectations.
Origin and Etymology of surpass
Middle French surpasser, from sur- + passer to pass
First Known Use: 1555
Synonym Discussion of surpass
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Definition of surpass for Students
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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