[ 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.

Origin of surpass

1545–55; < Middle French surpasser, equivalent to sur- sur-1 + passer to pass


sur·pass·a·ble, adjective sur·pass·er, noun un·sur·pass·a·ble, adjective un·sur·passed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for 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 of the theory surpasses my comprehension

Derived forms of surpass

surpassable, adjective

Word Origin for surpass

C16: from French surpasser, from sur- 1 + passer to pass