surpass

verb
sur·​pass | \ sər-ˈpas How to pronounce surpass (audio) \
surpassed; surpassing; surpasses

Definition of surpass

transitive verb

1 : to become better, greater, or stronger than : exceed surpassed her rivals surpassed all expectations
2 : to go beyond : overstep
3 : to transcend the reach, capacity, or powers of a beauty that surpasses description

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Other Words from surpass

surpassable \ sər-​ˈpa-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce surpassable (audio) \ adjective

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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

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.
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The deal also offered Canada’s auto sector some protection from U.S. national-security tariffs, so long as exports of light-duty vehicles don’t surpass a relatively generous threshold. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "GM’s Plan to Close Oshawa Plant Is Setback for Canada’s Auto Sector," 26 Nov. 2018 And early-voter turnout was high in 28 states and surpassed 2014 levels, according to The New York Times. Michael Pincus, Teen Vogue, "Losing in the Midterm Elections Isn’t the End," 9 Nov. 2018 The United States led the world in oil production for much of the 20th century, but the Soviet Union surpassed America in 1974, and Saudi Arabia did the same in 1976, according to Energy Department figures. David Koenig, Anchorage Daily News, "US soon to leapfrog Saudis, Russia as top oil producer," 12 July 2018 The party of Mexico's president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador and its allies will have an outright majority in Congress but will not surpass the two-thirds threshold needed to change the constitution, estimates show. Gabriel Stargardter And Miguel Gutierrez, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico's López Obrador will dominate Congress, with record female contingent," 5 July 2018 In any case, De Leon did not surpass the 30 percent threshold in any of those voter subgroups. Jeff Mcdonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Newsom, Feinstein continue to lead in poll; gas-tax repeal ahead with three-state measure trailing," 28 June 2018 Don’t’ forget lacrosse where Jarrettsville’s Casey Donohoe may have forged a record that won’t be approached; it can’t be surpassed. The Aegis, "Two more Harford champions [Editorial]," 6 June 2018 For sure, there’s some level of existential dread inherent in the idea that we might be surpassed and/or made redundant by our own AI creations. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Detroit: Become Human review: Robotic in all of the wrong ways," 24 May 2018 The index is within striking distance of surpassing the S&P 500, which is up 11.1%. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Europe’s Rallying Stock Market Leaves Many Investors Skeptical," 28 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of surpass

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for surpass

Middle French surpasser, from sur- + passer to pass

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surpass

verb

English Language Learners Definition of surpass

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

surpass

verb
sur·​pass | \ sər-ˈpas How to pronounce surpass (audio) \
surpassed; surpassing

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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