- 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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Related Wordsincomparable, unequaled, unmatched, unparalleled, excellent, unrivaled, absolute, best, final, first, foremost, highest, leading, matchless, paramount, peerless, perfect, prevailing, superior, top
Examples from the Web for unsurpassed
Tolstoy is unsurpassed in combining the grand with the trivial, that is, the small details which make up life.Susan Minot on Africa, Joseph Kony, and the Limits of Writing About Love
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The judges will, we have been assured, only be considering novels “unsurpassed in their quality and ambition.”Booker Goes Bookish
October 19, 2011
Their mutton is unsurpassed; its flavor is delicate, and the flesh juicy and well intermixed with fat.
In the building as well as in the management of canoes they were unsurpassed.The Hawaiian Islands
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The Countess of —— was an unsurpassed horsewoman, and rode constantly.
It was a small force, but its fighting quality was unsurpassed.South American Fights and Fighters
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Its flowers must often have adorned Addie Tristram's unsurpassed loveliness.Tristram of Blent
- superior in achievement or excellence to any otherof an unsurpassed quality
- 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 unsurpassed
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