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SURPASS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does surpass mean? 

SURPASS (verb)
  The verb SURPASS has 4 senses:

1. distinguish oneself
2. be or do something to a greater degree
3. pass by
4. go beyond

  Familiarity information: SURPASS used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SURPASS (verb)


Sense 1surpass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Distinguish oneself

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

excel; surpass; stand out

Context example:

She excelled in math

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "surpass"):

exceed; go past; overstep; pass; top; transcend (go beyond)

outrank; rank (take precedence or surpass others in rank)

excel at; shine at (be good at)

eclipse; overshadow (exceed in importance; outweigh)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 2surpass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be or do something to a greater degree

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

outstrip; outdo; outgo; outmatch; outperform; surpass; exceed; surmount

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "surpass" is one way to...):

beat; beat out; crush; shell; trounce; vanquish (come out better in a competition, race, or conflict)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "surpass"):

beat; circumvent; outfox; outsmart; outwit; overreach (beat through cleverness and wit)

outrange (have a greater range than (another gun))

outweigh (be heavier than)

outbrave (be braver than)

out-herod (surpass someone in cruelty or evil)

outfox (outdo someone in trickery)

shame (surpass or beat by a wide margin)

outmarch (march longer distances and for a longer time than)

outwear (last longer than others)

outshine (attract more attention and praise than others)

better; break (surpass in excellence)

outgrow (grow faster than)

outcry; outshout (shout louder than)

outroar (roar louder than)

outsail (sail faster or better than)

outdraw (draw a gun faster, or best someone in a gunfight)

outsell (sell more than others)

outsell (be sold more often than other, similar products)

outpace (surpass in speed)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 3surpass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass by

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

travel by; go past; pass by; pass; go by; surpass

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "surpass" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "surpass"):

fly by; whisk by; zip by (move by very quickly)

fly by (pass by while flying)

run by (pass by while running)

skirt (pass around or about; move along the border)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

These cars won't surpass


Sense 4surpass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Go beyond

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

exceed; transcend; surpass

Context example:

Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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