surpass Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb distinguish oneself
    stand out; excel.
    • She excelled in math
  2. verb be or do something to a greater degree
    exceed; outperform; outgo; outstrip; outmatch; surmount; outdo.
    • 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
  3. verb move past
    travel by; pass by; go by; go past; pass.
    • 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
  4. verb be greater in scope or size than some standard
    transcend; exceed.
    • Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds


Sur*pass" transitive verb
F. surpasser; sur over + passer to pass. See Sur-, and Pass.
imperfect & past participle Surpassed ; present participle & verbal noun Surpassing
  1. To go beyond in anything good or bad; to exceed; to excel.
    This would surpass Common revenge and interrupt his joy. Milton.
    Syn. -- To exceed; excel; outdo; outstrip.

Webster 1913