from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To be beyond the limit, powers, or capacity of; transcend: misery that surpasses comprehension.
- transitive v. To be or go beyond, as in degree or quality; exceed. See Synonyms at excel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To go beyond, especially in a metaphoric or technical manner; to exceed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To go beyond in anything good or bad; to exceed; to excel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To exceed; excel; go beyond in any way or respect.
- To go beyond or past; exceed; overrun.
- Synonyms To outdo, outstrip, outrun, transcend, overtop, beat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. distinguish oneself
- v. be greater in scope or size than some standard
- v. be or do something to a greater degree
- v. move past
French surpasser, from Old French, to transgress : sur-, sur- + passer, pass; see pass.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French surpasser ("to pass beyond"); sur- + pass. (Wiktionary)