surpass

verb
sur·​pass | \ sər-ˈpas \
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 \ 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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Microsoft’s Windows 10 has finally surpassed Windows 7, according to an analyst firm that tracks real-world usage. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Windows 10 finally tops Windows 7 in user share," 2 Jan. 2019 Big Apple Microsoft, under CEO Satya Nadella, has surpassed its tech rivals in market value. Jay Greene, WSJ, "How Microsoft Quietly Became the World’s Most Valuable Company," 1 Dec. 2018 Despite its mid-November release, Becoming has already surpassed 2 million books sold in the U.S. and Canada, more than 725,000 copies alone on its first day out. Vogue, "Michelle Obama’s Becoming, Out Less Than a Month, Is the Best-Selling Hardcover of 2018," 30 Nov. 2018 Its $610 million foreign gross has also surpassed that of its fellow Sony superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming, which last year brought in $545 million in foreign markets. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "China has helped Venom become an $822 million box office success," 26 Nov. 2018 So far, the brand’s reception has surpassed what the pair originally believed was possible. Ludmila Leiva, Allure, "Meet Fluide, the Makeup Brand That Believes in the Power of Inclusion — Not Tokenism," 10 Sep. 2018 In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan McCain Writes Deeply Moving Tribute to Her Late Father John McCain," 26 Aug. 2018 Sony has officially surpassed Canon to lead the full-frame camera market in the United States. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Sony tops full-frame camera market in US ahead of Nikon’s big announcement," 16 Aug. 2018 Burning Man has successfully surpassed this standard every year since the first BLM inspection in 1991. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018

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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 \
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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