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Surpass definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SURP`ASS, v.t. To exceed; to excel; to go beyond in any thing good or bad. Homer surpasses modern poets in sublimity. Pope surpasses most other poets in smoothness of versification. Achilles surpassed the other Greeks in strength and courage. Clodius surpassed all men in the profligacy of his life. Perhaps no man ever surpassed Washington in genuine patriotism and integrity of life.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: distinguish oneself; "She excelled in math" [syn: excel, stand out, surpass]
2: 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" [syn: surpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, surmount, outperform]
3: 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" [syn: travel by, pass by, surpass, go past, go by, pass]
4: be greater in scope or size than some standard; "Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds" [syn: exceed, transcend, surpass]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb Etymology: Middle French surpasser, from sur- + passer to pass Date: 1555 1. to become better, greater, or stronger than ; exceed <surpassed her rivals> <surpassed all expectations> 2. to go beyond ; overstep 3. to transcend the reach, capacity, or powers of <a beauty that surpasses description> Synonyms: see exceed surpassable adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. 1 outdo, be greater or better than. 2 (as surpassing adj.) pre-eminent, matchless (of surpassing intelligence). Derivatives: surpassingly adv. Etymology: F surpasser (as SUR-(1), PASS(1))

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. This would surpass Common revenge and interrupt his joy. --Milton. Syn: To exceed; excel; outdo; outstrip.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(surpasses, surpassing, surpassed) 1. If one person or thing surpasses another, the first is better than, or has more of a particular quality than, the second. He was determined to surpass the achievements of his older brothers... Warwick Arts Centre is the second largest Arts Centre in Britain, surpassed in size only by London's Barbican. VERB: V n, V-ed 2. If something surpasses expectations, it is much better than it was expected to be. Conrad Black gave an excellent party that surpassed expectations. VERB: V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Excel, exceed, outdo, outstrip, outrun, override, transcend, cap, overtop, beat, go beyond.

Moby Thesaurus

bang, beat, best, better, cap, cob, ding, distance, eclipse, exceed, excel, get ahead of, go beyond, go one better, hold the field, improve on, leave behind, outclass, outdistance, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outpace, outperform, outpoint, outrange, outrank, outrival, outrun, outshine, outstep, outstrip, outtop, outvie, outweigh, overbalance, overbear, overcome, overpass, overreach, overrun, overshadow, overshoot, overshoot the mark, overstep, overtop, pass, perfect, predominate, preponderate, prevail, prevail over, put to shame, rank, shoot ahead of, steal a march, top, tower above, tower over, transcend, trump, worst


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