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


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


in a surpassing manner; extraordinarily.

Origin of surpassing

First recorded in 1570–80; surpass + -ing2
Related formssur·pass·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for surpassing (2 of 2)


[ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for surpassing (1 of 2)


/ (sɜːˈpɑːsɪŋ) /


exceptional; extraordinary


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

British Dictionary definitions for surpassing (2 of 2)


/ (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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