Surpass Definition

surpassed, surpasses, surpassing
surpassed, surpasses, surpassing
To excel or be superior to.
Webster's New World
To go beyond the limit, capacity, range, etc. of.
Riches surpassing belief.
Webster's New World
To exceed in quantity, degree, amount, etc.
Webster's New World

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.
surpass oneself
  • To do the best that one ever has done at a given activity.
American Heritage

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Surpass

  • 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

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