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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Scientists have previously speculated that modern plant extinctions will surpass background rates by several thousand times over the next 80 years. Commentary, Quartz Africa, "Plants are going extinct up to 350 times faster than the historical norm," 24 Aug. 2019 In that case, the smart approach would be to cast an extremely large net of social investment, in full recognition that even at such great cost, the ROI from the innovation of the Black Swans would far surpass the cost. Aimee Groth, Quartz, "Andrew Yang’s basic income plan permits Americans to fail. And that’s a good thing," 20 Aug. 2019 But some in Hollywood doubt that AI can ever surpass its makers. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Coming soon to Netflix: Movie trailers crafted by AI," 19 Aug. 2019 The report doesn't mention a specific fee, noting only that the fee will surpass PSV's €34m record sale of Memphis Depay to Manchester United in 2015. SI.com, "Hirving Lozano to Undergo Napoli Medical as PSV Winger 'Signs' 5-Year Deal With Serie A Side," 16 Aug. 2019 The investigation’s test results are publicly available, but Walker summarized the data by saying the test results surpassed the health standards set for state buildings based on meter monitoring, visual analysis and analytical findings. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "No evidence of carcinogens in Metro State University office where 4 ill employees worked," 12 Aug. 2019 Reports from the state of Washington indicate that the earnings gain from apprenticeship programs far surpasses the gain from technical-training programs at either community colleges or private career schools. Robert Cherry, National Review, "The Case for More Occupational Training," 25 July 2019 Looks like Avengers: Endgame has finally surpassed Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "James Cameron Congratulates Marvel as Avengers: Endgame Passes Avatar as Highest-Grossing Film," 22 July 2019 The heat index surpassed 105 degrees in at least 26 states by early Friday afternoon, the weather service said. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland weather: ‘Excessive heat warning’ in effect; conditions prompt event cancellations, system failure," 20 July 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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