Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old French
Origin: surpasser, from sur- ( SURCHARGE) + passer 'to pass'

surpass

verb
     
sur‧pass [transitive]
to be even better or greater than someone or something else:
He had surpassed all our expectations.
The number of multiple births has surpassed 100,000 for the first time.
surpass yourself (=do something better than you have ever done before)
With this painting he has surpassed himself. (=done better than he has ever done before)

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary