surpass

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verb sur·pass \sər-ˈpas\

Definition of surpass

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become better, greater, or stronger than :  exceed surpassed her rivals surpassed all expectations

  3. 2 :  to go beyond :  overstep

  4. 3 :  to transcend the reach, capacity, or powers of a beauty that surpasses description

surpassable

play \-ˈpa-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of surpass in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of surpass

Middle French surpasser, from sur- + passer to pass


First Known Use: 1555

Synonym Discussion of 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

SURPASS Defined for English Language Learners

surpass

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verb sur·pass \sər-ˈpas\

Definition of surpass for English Language Learners

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


SURPASS Defined for Kids

surpass

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verb sur·pass \sər-ˈpas\

Definition of surpass for Students

surpassed

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surpassing

  1. 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. 2 :  to go beyond the reach or powers of The task surpassed their strength.



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