Definition of surpass verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

surpass

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//səˈpɑːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sərˈpæs//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they surpass
BrE BrE//səˈpɑːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sərˈpæs//
 
he / she / it surpasses
BrE BrE//səˈpɑːsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sərˈpæsɪz//
 
past simple surpassed
BrE BrE//səˈpɑːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sərˈpæst//
 
past participle surpassed
BrE BrE//səˈpɑːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sərˈpæst//
 
-ing form surpassing
BrE BrE//səˈpɑːsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sərˈpæsɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] surpass (somebody/something/yourself) (formal) to do or be better than somebody/something He hopes one day to surpass the world record. Its success has surpassed all expectations. Her cooking was always good, but this time she had surpassed herself (= done better than her own high standards). scenery of surpassing beauty Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French surpasser, from sur- ‘above’ + passer ‘to pass’.Extra examples The second half easily surpassed the first in entertainment value. The second half of the match comfortably surpassed the first in entertainment value. As a useful reference dictionary, this one surpasses all others. Her cooking’s always good, but this time she surpassed herself. His inventive style of playing has never been surpassed. The film’s success has surpassed all expectations
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