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tr.v. sur·passed, sur·pass·ing, sur·pass·esIdiom:
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.
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.]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.
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Past participle: surpassed
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|Verb||1.||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"
|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
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"
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 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"
|4.||surpass - be greater in scope or size than some standard; "Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds"|
overgrow - grow too large
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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.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
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يَفوقُ، يَتَفَوَّقُ على
skara fram úr
byť lepší ako
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 violin → su 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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
(= be better than) → übertreffen
vr → sich selbst übertreffen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
surpass[sɜːˈpɑːs] vt (expectations, person) → superare
it surpassed all his hopes → è andata meglio di quanto sperasse
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
to be, or do, better, or more than. beter wees يَفوقُ، يَتَفَوَّقُ على надминавам ultrapassar předčit übertreffen overgå ξεπερνώ, υπερτερώsuperar, sobrepasar, exceder ületama جلو افتادن ylittää surpasser לַעֲלוֹת עַל- आगे निकल जाना nadilaziti, nadmašivati felülmúl (vkit) melampaui skara fram úr sorpassare まさる 능가하다 pranokti pārspēt melebihi overtreffenovergåprzewyższać ښه ، مخکی تلل ultrapassar a depăşi превосходить prevýšiť, byť lepší ako; prekonať prekašati prevazići överträffa, överstiga เกินกว่า üstün olmak, bastırmak 超過 перевершувати, переважати سبقت لے جانا، آگے بڑھ جانا vượt trội hơn 超过
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
vt. sobrepasar, exceder.
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