[[t]sə(r)pɑ͟ːs, -pæ̱s[/t]]
surpasses, surpassing, surpassed
1) VERB If one person or thing surpasses another, the first is better than, or has more of a particular quality than, the second.

[V n] He was determined to surpass the achievements of his older brothers...

[V-ed] Warwick Arts Centre is the second largest Arts Centre in Britain, surpassed in size only by London's Barbican.

2) VERB If something surpasses expectations, it is much better than it was expected to be.

[V n] Conrad Black gave an excellent party that surpassed expectations.

3) VERB If something surpasses understanding, it is too difficult to understand.

[V n] ...a clever and spectacularly successful system, the detailed complexity of which surpasses our full understanding.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Surpass — Sur*pass , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Surpassed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Surpassing}.] [F. surpasser; sur over + passer to pass. See {Sur }, and {Pass}.] To go beyond in anything good or bad; to exceed; to excel. [1913 Webster] This would surpass Common… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surpass — I verb antecellere, be greater, be superior, beat, better, break the record, cap, come first, distance, eclipse, exceed, excel, excellere, get ahead, go beyond, go one better, have the upper hand, improve upon, leave behind, outmaneuver, outclass …   Law dictionary

  • surpass — UK US /səˈpɑːs/ verb [T] ► to do or be better or greater than something: »The quarterly sales figures have surpassed everyone s expectations. »The latest figures surpassed the previous peak of 15,418 foreclosures in the third quarter of 2008 …   Financial and business terms

  • surpass — 1550s, from M.Fr. surpasser go beyond, exceed, excel, from O.Fr. sur beyond + passer to go by (see PASS (Cf. pass) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • surpass — transcend, excel, outdo, outstrip, *exceed Analogous words: surmount, overcome, beat (see CONQUER) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • surpass — [v] outdo something or someone beat, best, better, cap, eclipse, exceed, excel, go beyond, go one better*, improve upon, outdistance, outgo, outmatch, outpace, outperform, outrank, outrival, outrun, outshine, outstep, outstrip, outweigh, override …   New thesaurus

  • surpass — ► VERB 1) be greater or better than. 2) (surpassing) archaic or literary incomparable or outstanding. DERIVATIVES surpassable adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • surpass — [sər pas′, sərpäs′] vt. [MFr surpasser < sur (see SUR 1) + passer, to PASS2] 1. to excel or be superior to 2. to exceed in quantity, degree, amount, etc. 3. to go beyond the limit, capacity, range, etc. of [riches surpassing belief] …   English World dictionary

  • surpass — UK [sə(r)ˈpɑːs] / US [sərˈpæs] verb [transitive] Word forms surpass : present tense I/you/we/they surpass he/she/it surpasses present participle surpassing past tense surpassed past participle surpassed 1) to be better or greater than something… …   English dictionary

  • surpass — verb ADVERB ▪ far ▪ easily ▪ eventually, soon ▪ The death toll may eventually surpass two thousand. PREPOSITION …   Collocations dictionary

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