- 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 surpass
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Obama officials have to do a far better job of helping all Syrians see that this nightmarish future could surpass the Assad past.Face the Assad Reality In Syria
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Home ownership reached record highs that have been difficult to surpass.The Revolt Against the Masses and the Roots of Modern Liberalism
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Adjusted for inflation, that would equal or surpass the oil shocks of 1973 and 1979.The End of Iran’s Oil Shield
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But I say to all men, what we have achieved in liberty, we will surpass in greater liberty.
He made our dreaming: shall it surpass in its making his mighty self?Weighed and Wanting
Only one thing could surpass him: the scythe of death which blindly mows the world.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It is of course impossible to surpass perfection, but it is possible to be made one with it.Albert Durer
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What hunt of spectres could surpass that dread pursuit and flight!Barnaby Rudge
- 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 surpass
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