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surpass

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of surpass

  1. 1 to be greater, better, or stronger than she always tried to surpass her older brother at anything he did Synonyms of surpass beat, better, eclipse, exceed, excel, outclass, outdistance, outdo, outgun, outmatch, outshine, outstrip, overtop, top, tower (over), transcend Words Related to surpass one-up, outpace, outrace, outrun, overpass; best, clobber, conquer, crush, defeat, drub, lick, master, outcompete, outperform, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), rout, shame, skunk, subdue, surmount, thrash, trim, triumph (over), trounce, wallop, whip, win (against), worst; outbalance, outweigh, overbear, overshadow, trump Phrases go one better, run circles around (or run rings around) Near Antonyms of surpass lose (to)

  2. 2 to go beyond the limit of the sales of the band's newest CD have surpassed the combined sales of its last two albums Synonyms of surpass break, outreach, outrun, overpass, overreach, overrun, overshoot, overstep, exceed, transcendWords Related to surpass encroach, entrench (also intrench), infringe, invade, trespass; overdo, overuse, overutilize, overwork

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


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