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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Recent Examples on the Web To show Semien’s value at the plate, consider that only two players in history surpassed all his totals in hits, runs, homers, doubles, triples, RBIs, walks and steals in a season. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "A’s Marcus Semien is American League MVP finalist," 4 Nov. 2019 Just two years later, TikTok became the world’s most-downloaded app, surpassing Instagram in 2018. Brianna Holt, Quartzy, "Teens on TikTok have no clue they’re perpetuating racist stereotypes," 1 Nov. 2019 But already in 2019/20, the Blues have surpassed that figure, with new manager Frank Lampard handing 33 starts to English players only 10 games in. SI.com, "Stats Reveal English Talent Getting More Premier League Starts & Scoring More Goals in 2019/20," 1 Nov. 2019 Law enforcement suicides in the United States have surpassed line of duty deaths in recent years. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "US border officers die by suicide 30% more often than other cops," 31 Oct. 2019 The number of people killed this year has already reached 142, surpassing the 140 people who were killed of all last year. Anchorage Daily News, "FBI: West Texas gunman ‘was on a long spiral of going down’," 2 Sep. 2019 The number of people killed this year has already reached 142, surpassing the 140 people who were killed of all last year. Jake Bleiberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Texas gunman was fired from job, called FBI before shooting," 2 Sep. 2019 The number of people killed this year has already reached 142, surpassing the 140 people who were killed of all last year. Washington Post, "Police unsure why man went on West Texas shooting rampage," 2 Sep. 2019 The number of people killed this year has already reached 142, surpassing the 140 people who were killed of all last year. Jake Bleiberg, Twin Cities, "FBI: West Texas gunman ‘was on a long spiral of going down’," 2 Sep. 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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of surpass was in 1555

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surpass

verb
How to pronounce surpass (audio)

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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