- to go beyond in amount, extent, or degree; be greater than; exceed.
- to go beyond in excellence or achievement; be superior to; excel: He surpassed his brother in sports.
- to be beyond the range or capacity of; transcend: misery that surpasses description.
Origin of surpass
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2. beat, outstrip. See excel.
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All good critics have agreed that his letters are not surpassed, perhaps not surpassable.A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)
- to be greater than in degree, extent, etc
- to be superior to in achievement or excellence
- to overstep the limit or range ofthe theory surpasses my comprehension
C16: from French surpasser, from sur- 1 + passer to pass
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Word Origin and History for surpassable
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