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surpass

[ser-pas, -pahs]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to go beyond in amount, extent, or degree; be greater than; exceed.
  2. to go beyond in excellence or achievement; be superior to; excel: He surpassed his brother in sports.
  3. to be beyond the range or capacity of; transcend: misery that surpasses description.

Origin of surpass

1545–55; < Middle French surpasser, equivalent to sur- sur-1 + passer to pass
Related formssur·pass·a·ble, adjectivesur·pass·er, nounun·sur·pass·a·ble, adjectiveun·sur·passed, adjective

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2. beat, outstrip. See excel.
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surpass

verb (tr)
  1. to be greater than in degree, extent, etc
  2. to be superior to in achievement or excellence
  3. to overstep the limit or range ofthe theory surpasses my comprehension
Derived Formssurpassable, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from French surpasser, from sur- 1 + passer to pass
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Word Origin and History for surpass

v.

1550s, from Middle French surpasser "go beyond, exceed, excel," from Old French sur- "beyond" (see sur-) + passer "to go by" (see pass (v.)). Related: Surpassed; surpassing.

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