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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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