transitive verb sur·pass \sər-ˈpas\

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

Full Definition of SURPASS

:  to become better, greater, or stronger than :  exceed <surpassed her rivals> <surpassed all expectations>
:  to go beyond :  overstep
:  to transcend the reach, capacity, or powers of <a beauty that surpasses description>
sur·pass·able \-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


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