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English verb: surpass

1. surpass (stative) distinguish oneself

SamplesShe excelled in math.

Synonymsexcel, stand out

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)exceed, excel at, go past, outrank, overstep, pass, rank, shine at, top, transcend

2. surpass (competition) be or do something to a greater degree

SamplesHer 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.

Synonymsexceed, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish

Narrower (hyponym)beat, better, break, circumvent, out-herod, outbrave, outcry, outdraw, outfox, outfox, outgrow, outmarch, outpace, outrange, outroar, outsail, outsell, outsell, outshine, outshout, outsmart, outwear, outweigh, outwit, overreach, shame

3. surpass (motion) move past

SamplesA black limousine passed by when she looked out the window.
He passed his professor in the hall.
One line of soldiers surpassed the other.

ExamplesThese cars won't surpass

Synonymsgo by, go past, pass, pass by, travel by

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)fly by, fly by, run by, skirt, whisk by, zip by

4. surpass (stative) be greater in scope or size than some standard

SamplesTheir loyalty exceeds their national bonds.

Synonymsexceed, transcend

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)overgrow

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