Surpass meaning

sər-păs
To be beyond the limit, powers, or capacity of; transcend.

Misery that surpasses comprehension.

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To do more than or be superior to.

Surpassed her classmates in academic honors.

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To exceed in quantity, degree, amount, etc.
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Surpass is defined as to go beyond, exceed or excel.

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.

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To be greater than, as in degree or quality; exceed.

The cost of the project surpassed its budget projections.

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To excel or be superior to.
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To go beyond the limit, capacity, range, etc. of.

Riches surpassing belief.

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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.

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surpass oneself
  • To do the best that one ever has done at a given activity.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

surpass oneself

Origin of surpass

  • French surpasser from Old French to transgress sur- sur- passer pass pass

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French surpasser (“to pass beyond"); sur- +"Ž pass.

    From Wiktionary