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.
Recent Examples of surpass from the Web
Though surpassing Orlando on a per-customer basis, Lakeland takes a conservative view of solar.
Hollywood’s biggest studios have been counting on growth in China, where consumer spending on movies is expected to surpass that of the U.S. in coming years.
Fentanyl was linked to 623 overdose deaths in 2016, surpassing heroin, which was a factor in 456 deaths, according to the fatality report by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.
Amazon is poised to surpass Macy's this year as the largest U.S. clothing seller, according to Cowen & Co. analysts.
But, showing the quality of any good scientist, Savery was eager to improve upon his machine with others and later contributed to surpassing his invention with the first steam engine, invented by Thomas Newcomen in 1712.
Comey’s testimony has the potential to surpass these predecessors.
The Manchester blast is now the deadliest terror attack in England’s history, surpassing the death toll of those killed in the 2005 London bombings.
That’s because the Puerto Rico constitution specifically forbids debt service and principal that surpasses more than 15 percent of annual government revenues.
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Origin and Etymology of surpass
Middle French surpasser, from sur- + passer to pass
First Known Use: 1555See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of surpass
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Definition of surpass for English Language Learners
: to be better or greater than (someone or something)
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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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