- An example of to surpass is running a marathon far ahead of the other runners.
- An example of to surpass is a student getting much better grades than the rest of their classmates.
- to excel or be superior to
- to exceed in quantity, degree, amount, etc.
- to go beyond the limit, capacity, range, etc. of: riches surpassing belief
Origin of surpassMiddle French surpasser ; from sur- (see sur-) + passer, to pass
transitive verbsur·passed, sur·pass·ing, sur·pass·es
- To do more than or be superior to: surpassed her classmates in academic honors. See Synonyms at excel.
- To be beyond the limit, powers, or capacity of; transcend: misery that surpasses comprehension.
- To be greater than, as in degree or quality; exceed: The cost of the project surpassed its budget projections.
Origin of surpassFrench surpasser, from Old French, to transgress : sur-, sur- + passer, pass; see pass.
(third-person singular simple present surpasses, present participle surpassing, simple past and past participle surpassed)
- To go beyond, especially in a metaphoric or technical manner; to exceed.
- The former problem student surpassed his instructor's expectations and scored top marks on his examination.
- The heavy rains threatened to surpass the capabilities of the levee, endangering the town on the other side.