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.

Nearby words

  1. surly,
  2. surmise,
  3. surmount,
  4. surmullet,
  5. surname,
  6. surpassing,
  7. surplice,
  8. surplus,
  9. surplus value,
  10. surplusage

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 unsurpassed

unsurpassed

/ (ˌʌnsɜːˈpɑːst) /

adjective

superior in achievement or excellence to any otherof an unsurpassed quality
Derived Formsunsurpassable, adjective

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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