- 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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Examples from the Web for surpassed
First of all, both Beckham and Halliwell have surpassed the 40-year mark.Who Is Bambi, the Artist Behind Kim Kardashian’s Wedding-Gift Portrait?
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Florida surpassed Texas in the number of death sentences handed down in 2013.Florida Drags Down U.S. on Amnesty International’s Global Death Penalty Report
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In many ways, the red carpet has surpassed the awards themselves as the most important—and stress-inducing—aspect of Oscar Sunday.Celebrity Stylists Dish About Dressing for the Oscars
February 27, 2014
Their comeback would have been the second-greatest in NFL history, only surpassed by Buffalo in the 1993 Playoffs.The Impossible Super Bowl Score: First 43-8 Football Game in a Century
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Ask a Slave has currently surpassed the fundraising goal for Season 2.YouTube, Netflix, and the Death of Television
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In all these fields Pyle's work may be equaled, surpassed, save in one.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
The result of the performance has surpassed my anticipations.My Double Life
It is the only tavern in the village, and for neatness and comfort can not easily be surpassed.
But no one surpassed him in the combination of an adequate portion of these with moral worth.Self-Help
Meg was adorable with her children and surpassed herself in the telling of stories.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
- 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 surpassed
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