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sur·pass

 (sər-păs′)
tr.v. sur·passed, sur·pass·ing, sur·pass·es
1. To do more than or be superior to: surpassed her classmates in academic honors. See Synonyms at excel.
2. To be beyond the limit, powers, or capacity of; transcend: misery that surpasses comprehension.
3. To be greater than, as in degree or quality; exceed: The cost of the project surpassed its budget projections.
Idiom:
surpass oneself
To do the best that one ever has done at a given activity.

[French surpasser, from Old French, to transgress : sur-, sur- + passer, pass; see pass.]

surpass

(sɜːˈpɑːs)
vb (tr)
1. to be greater than in degree, extent, etc
2. to be superior to in achievement or excellence
3. to overstep the limit or range of: the theory surpasses my comprehension.
[C16: from French surpasser, from sur-1 + passer to pass]
surˈpassable adj

sur•pass

(sərˈpæs, -ˈpɑs)

v.t.
1. to go beyond in amount, extent, or degree; be greater than; exceed.
2. to go beyond in excellence or achievement; be superior to; excel.
3. to be beyond the range or capacity of; transcend: misery that surpasses description.
[1545–55; < Middle French surpasser=sur- sur-1 + passer to pass]
sur•pass′a•ble, adj.
sur•pass′er, n.

surpass


Past participle: surpassed
Gerund: surpassing

Imperative
surpass
surpass
Present
I surpass
you surpass
he/she/it surpasses
we surpass
you surpass
they surpass
Preterite
I surpassed
you surpassed
he/she/it surpassed
we surpassed
you surpassed
they surpassed
Present Continuous
I am surpassing
you are surpassing
he/she/it is surpassing
we are surpassing
you are surpassing
they are surpassing
Present Perfect
I have surpassed
you have surpassed
he/she/it has surpassed
we have surpassed
you have surpassed
they have surpassed
Past Continuous
I was surpassing
you were surpassing
he/she/it was surpassing
we were surpassing
you were surpassing
they were surpassing
Past Perfect
I had surpassed
you had surpassed
he/she/it had surpassed
we had surpassed
you had surpassed
they had surpassed
Future
I will surpass
you will surpass
he/she/it will surpass
we will surpass
you will surpass
they will surpass
Future Perfect
I will have surpassed
you will have surpassed
he/she/it will have surpassed
we will have surpassed
you will have surpassed
they will have surpassed
Future Continuous
I will be surpassing
you will be surpassing
he/she/it will be surpassing
we will be surpassing
you will be surpassing
they will be surpassing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been surpassing
you have been surpassing
he/she/it has been surpassing
we have been surpassing
you have been surpassing
they have been surpassing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been surpassing
you will have been surpassing
he/she/it will have been surpassing
we will have been surpassing
you will have been surpassing
they will have been surpassing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been surpassing
you had been surpassing
he/she/it had been surpassing
we had been surpassing
you had been surpassing
they had been surpassing
Conditional
I would surpass
you would surpass
he/she/it would surpass
we would surpass
you would surpass
they would surpass
Past Conditional
I would have surpassed
you would have surpassed
he/she/it would have surpassed
we would have surpassed
you would have surpassed
they would have surpassed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.surpass - distinguish oneself; "She excelled in math"
top, transcend, exceed, go past, overstep, pass - be superior or better than some standard; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year"
outrank, rank - take precedence or surpass others in rank
excel at, shine at - be good at; "She shines at math"
2.surpass - be or do something to a greater degree; "her performance surpasses that of any other student I know"; "She outdoes all other athletes"; "This exceeds all my expectations"; "This car outperforms all others in its class"
beat, beat out, vanquish, trounce, crush, shell - come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
outsmart, outwit, overreach, circumvent, outfox, beat - beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors"
outgrow - grow faster than
outcry, outshout - shout louder than
outroar - roar louder than
outsail - sail faster or better than; "They outsailed the Roman fleet"
outdraw - draw a gun faster, or best someone in a gunfight
outsell - sell more than others; "This salesman outsells his colleagues"
outsell - be sold more often than other, similar products; "The new Toyota outsells the Honda by a wide margin"
outpace - surpass in speed; "Malthus believed that population increase would outpace increases in the means of subsistence"
better, break - surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record"
outshine - attract more attention and praise than others; "This film outshone all the others in quality"
outrange - have a greater range than (another gun)
outweigh - be heavier than
outbrave - be braver than
out-herod - surpass someone in cruelty or evil
outfox - outdo someone in trickery
shame - surpass or beat by a wide margin
outmarch - march longer distances and for a longer time than; "This guy can outmarch anyone!"
outwear - last longer than others; "This material outwears all others"
3.surpass - move pastsurpass - move past; "A black limousine passed by when she looked out the window"; "He passed his professor in the hall"; "One line of soldiers surpassed the other"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
skirt - pass around or about; move along the border; "The boat skirted the coast"
run by - pass by while running; "We watched children were running by"
fly by - pass by while flying; "An enemy plane flew by"
whisk by, zip by, fly by - move by very quickly
4.surpass - be greater in scope or size than some standard; "Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds"
overgrow - grow too large

surpass

verb outdo, top, beat, best, cap (informal), exceed, eclipse, overshadow, excel, transcend, outstrip, outshine, tower above, go one better than (informal), put in the shade He was determined to surpass the achievements of his older brothers.

surpass

verb
1. To go beyond the limits of:
2. To be greater or better than:
Informal: beat.
Translations
يَفوقُ، يَتَفَوَّقُ على
předčit
overgå
felülmúl
skara fram úr
pārspēt
byť lepší ako
bastırmaküstün olmak

surpass

[sɜːˈpɑːs] VT (= go above) [+ amount, level, record] → superar, sobrepasar; (= go beyond) [+ expectations] → rebasar, superar
he has never been surpassed in his mastery of the violinsu maestría al violín nunca ha sido superada
to surpass o.s (lit) → superarse a sí mismo (iro) → pasarse (de la raya)
I know you're tactless, but this time you've surpassed yourself!sabía que no eras muy discreto, pero esta vez sí que te has pasado

surpass

[sərˈpɑːs] vtsurpasser, dépasser
to surpass expectations → dépasser les attentes

surpass

vt
(= be better than)übertreffen
(= exceed) comprehensionhinausgehen über (+acc); to surpass all expectationsalle Erwartungen übertreffen
vrsich selbst übertreffen

surpass

[sɜːˈpɑːs] vt (expectations, person) → superare
it surpassed all his hopes → è andata meglio di quanto sperasse

surpass

(səˈpaːs) verb
to be, or do, better, or more than.

surpass

vt. sobrepasar, exceder.
References in classic literature ?
A new play will appear at the Barnville Theatre, in the course of a few weeks, which will surpass anything ever seen on the American stage.
As the psalms of David exceed all other language, so does the psalmody that has been fitted to them by the divines and sages of the land, surpass all vain poetry.
I always said you would surpass them in learning: and can you draw?
Each year he has strained and stimulated his art to surpass himself, seeking ever a finer and a brighter gold, a more celestial azure.
they but now who seemd In bigness to surpass Earths Giant Sons Now less then smallest Dwarfs, in narrow room Throng numberless, like that Pigmean Race Beyond the INDIAN Mount, or Faerie Elves, Whose midnight Revels, by a Forrest side Or Fountain fome belated Peasant sees, Or dreams he sees, while over head the Moon Sits Arbitress, and neerer to the Earth Wheels her pale course, they on thir mirth & dance Intent, with jocond Music charm his ear; At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds.
I have a few treasures there that photography is not likely to surpass for some time yet.
She tried to surpass all that she had done till then; and she succeeded.
Thus also, those ancient cities which, from being at first only villages, have become, in course of time, large towns, are usually but ill laid out compared with the regularity constructed towns which a professional architect has freely planned on an open plain; so that although the several buildings of the former may often equal or surpass in beauty those of the latter, yet when one observes their indiscriminate juxtaposition, there a large one and here a small, and the consequent crookedness and irregularity of the streets, one is disposed to allege that chance rather than any human will guided by reason must have led to such an arrangement.
He strove to collect a band of followers, and followed the footsteps of Decesaris and Gasperone, whom he hoped to surpass.
So he at once said, "Aldermen and town councillors of the Phaeacians, we have had enough now, both of the feast, and of the minstrelsy that is its due accompaniment; let us proceed therefore to the athletic sports, so that our guest on his return home may be able to tell his friends how much we surpass all other nations as boxers, wrestlers, jumpers, and runners.
They came prancing along in gallant style, with many wild and dexterous evolutions, for none can surpass them in horsemanship; and their bright colors, and flaunting and fantastic embellishments, glaring and sparkling in the morning sunshine, gave them really a striking appearance.
Two persons whose desires are moderate may live well enough in Brussels on an income which would scarcely afford a respectable maintenance for one in London: and that, not because the necessaries of life are so much dearer in the latter capital, or taxes so much higher than in the former, but because the English surpass in folly all the nations on God's earth, and are more abject slaves to custom, to opinion, to the desire to keep up a certain appearance, than the Italians are to priestcraft, the French to vain-glory, the Russians to their Czar, or the Germans to black beer.