What does surpass mean?

Definitions for surpass
sərˈpæs, -ˈpɑssur·pass

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. excel, stand out, surpassverb

    distinguish oneself

    "She excelled in math"

  2. surpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, surmount, outperformverb

    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"

  3. travel by, pass by, surpass, go past, go by, passverb

    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"

  4. exceed, transcend, surpassverb

    be greater in scope or size than some standard

    "Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds"


  1. surpassverb

    To exceed, especially in a metaphoric or technical manner.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Surpassverb

    To excel; to exceed; to go beyond in excellence.

    Etymology: surpasser, French.

    The climate’s delicate,
    Fertile the isle, the temple much surpassing
    The common praise it bears. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    O, by what name, for thou above all these,
    Above mankind, or aught than mankind higher,
    Surpassest far my naming! how may I
    Adore thee, author of this universe? John Milton.

    Achilles, ’s hero, in strength and courage surpassed the rest of the Grecian army. Dryden.

    A nymph of late there was,
    Whose heav’nly form her fellows did surpass,
    The pride and joy of fair Arcadia’s plains. Dryden.

    Under or near the Line are mountains, which, for bigness and number, surpass those of colder countries, as much as the heat there surpasses that of those countries. John Woodward.


  1. Surpass

    Surpass was a short-lived Wrigley antacid gum. Shipments of Surpass to retail outlets were discontinued in March 2003 due to lack of popularity.


  1. surpass

    Surpass means to exceed or go beyond something, usually relating to a set standard, a previous achievement, or a specific competitor. It can refer to doing better than expected in a certain situation or being superior in skills or qualities. Essentially, it implies being greater or better than something else.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surpassverb

    to go beyond in anything good or bad; to exceed; to excel


  1. Surpass

    Surpass was a short-lived Wrigley antacid gum. Shipments of Surpass to retail outlets were discontinued in March 2003 due to lack of popularity.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Surpass

    sur-pas′, v.t. to pass beyond: to exceed: to excel: to go past in space.—adj. Surpass′able, that may be surpassed.—p.adj. Surpass′ing, passing beyond others: excellent in a high degree.—adv. Surpass′ingly.—n. Surpass′ingness. [Fr. surpasser, sur—L. super, beyond, passer, to pass.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of surpass in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of surpass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of surpass in a Sentence

  1. Georges Clémenceau:

    A mans life is interesting primarily when he has failedI well know. For its a sign that he tried to surpass himself.

  2. Eliud Kipchoge:

    This would really surpass everything because this will go in the history as far as the human family is concerned, it is not about recognition or ratification but to make history and to pass on a message that no human is limited. Running the fastest-ever marathon of 2:00.25 was the proudest moment of my career.

  3. Rebecca Sokoll:

    Date night is a concept with one purpose : to foster feelings of connection with an important person in your life, some core ingredients to add into any good date night include : novelty, screen-free time together, eye contact and shared experience. The more ingredients you have, the more likely you are to surpass the goal of fostering connection and move into a greater feeling of potential for growth in the relationship.

  4. Georges Clémenceau:

    A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed -- I well know. For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself.

  5. Queen Christina:

    It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always this occupation ought to last as long as life.

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    A elate
    B scarper
    C affront
    D loom

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