un·​sur·​passed | \ ˌən-sər-ˈpast How to pronounce unsurpassed (audio) \

Definition of unsurpassed

: not exceeded by anything else : not surpassed unsurpassed beauty

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Recent Examples on the Web Against that backdrop of unsurpassed performance and pricing, Oshkosh and Hanwha have to be taken seriously as contenders to build the Bradley successor. Loren Thompson, Forbes, "Oshkosh’s Latest Bid To Grow Its Military Vehicle Footprint Could Change The Industry," 4 May 2021 If only his extreme height and unsurpassed skill at blocking shots in basketball were taken into consideration, Manute Bol would garner attention as one of the most intriguing players in pro basketball history. Andy Peters, ajc, "Manute Bol: Basketball star, humanitarian," 6 Feb. 2021 The new businessman, now unsurpassed by all the professions, alone possessed the requisite prudence and skill to steer corporate institutions for the benefit of all society. Kyle Edward Williams, The New Republic, "The End of the Businessman President," 9 Dec. 2020 This account of the struggle to express gratitude is unsurpassed in devotional literature. William F. Buckley Jr., National Review, "Gratitude: What We Owe to Our Country," 26 Nov. 2020 That last sentence must have delighted Ursula K. Le Guin, whose capacity for amiable irony is almost unsurpassed. Harold Bloom, The New Yorker, "The Strange Friendships of Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness”," 20 Nov. 2020 While the Iceman’s bad luck may have proven fatal for him, his death ultimately provided modern archaeologists with an unsurpassed window into Copper Age Europe. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "What We Can Learn From Ötzi the Iceman’s Hunting Pack," 3 Jan. 2020 As the railways cut through the American continent, nature was hacked down with unsurpassed thoroughness. The School Of Life, CNN, "The School of Life Presents: Nature may be the antidote to our modern way of life," 27 May 2020 What Sidewalk presented as a community of unsurpassed environmental standards and a new approach to urban design was swiftly characterized as a dystopian surveillance city by many people in the technology world. New York Times, "Google Sibling Abandons Ambitious City of the Future in Toronto," 7 May 2020

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First Known Use of unsurpassed

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsurpassed was circa 1775

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“Unsurpassed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsurpassed. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsurpassed

somewhat formal : better or greater than anyone or anything else


un·​sur·​passed | \ ˌən-sər-ˈpast \

Kids Definition of unsurpassed

: not exceeded (as in excellence)

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