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surpassing Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb distinguish oneself
    stand out; excel; surpass.
    • She excelled in math
  2. verb be or do something to a greater degree
    exceed; surpass; 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; surpass; 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; surpass.
    • Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds
  5. adjective satellite exceeding or surpassing usual limits especially in excellence
  6. adjective satellite far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
    prodigious; olympian; exceeding; exceptional.
    • a night of exceeding darkness
    • an exceptional memory
    • olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy
    • the young Mozart's prodigious talents

Sur*pass"ing adjective
  1. Eminently excellent; exceeding others. "With surpassing glory crowned." Milton. -- Sur*pass"ing*ly, adv. -- Sur*pass"ing*ness, n.

Webster 1913