Definition of "surpass" [sur•pass]

  • To be beyond the limit, powers, or capacity of; transcend: misery that surpasses comprehension. (verb-transitive)
  • To be or go beyond, as in degree or quality; exceed. See Synonyms at excel. (verb-transitive)

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Use "surpass" in a sentence
  • "This statue has been for a long time a favourite of my imagination, and I approached it, treading softly and slowly, and with a feeling of reverence; for I had an impression that the original Niobe would, like the original Venus, surpass all the casts and copies I had seen both in beauty and expression: but apparently expression is more easily caught than delicacy and grace, and the grandeur and pathos of the attitude and grouping easily copied -- for I think the best casts of the Niobe are accurate counterparts of the original; and at the first glance I was capriciously disappointed, because the statue did not _surpass_ my expectations."
  • "The younger Mr. Daley was first elected mayor in 1989 and will by the end of his term surpass his father by a year, making him Chicago's longest-serving mayor."
  • "Today's indication of notes and coins surpass the peak seen over the June month-end notes when they reached 25.208 billion rand on Jul 5."