surpassing

[ ser-pas-ing, -pah-sing ]
/ sərˈpæs ɪŋ, -ˈpɑ sɪŋ /

adjective

of a large amount or high degree; exceeding, excelling, or extraordinary: structures of surpassing magnificence.

adverb

in a surpassing manner; extraordinarily.

Nearby words

  1. surmount,
  2. surmountable,
  3. surmullet,
  4. surname,
  5. surpass,
  6. surplice,
  7. surplus,
  8. surplus value,
  9. surplusage,
  10. surprint

Origin of surpassing

First recorded in 1570–80; surpass + -ing2

Related formssur·pass·ing·ly, adverb

surpass

[ ser-pas, -pahs ]
/ sərˈpæs, -ˈpɑs /

verb (used with object)

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for surpassing

surpassing

/ (sɜːˈpɑːsɪŋ) /

adjective

exceptional; extraordinary

adverb

obsolete, or poetic (intensifier)surpassing fair
Derived Formssurpassingly, adverb

surpass

/ (sɜːˈpɑːs) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formssurpassable, adjective

Word Origin for surpass

C16: from French surpasser, from sur- 1 + passer to pass

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Word Origin and History for surpassing

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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