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1 distinguish oneself; "She excelled in math" [syn: excel, stand out]
2 be or do something to a greater degree; "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" [syn: outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, surmount, outperform]
3 pass by; "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" [syn: travel by, pass by, go past, go by, pass]
4 go beyond; "Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds" [syn: exceed, transcend]

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  1. To exceed, especially in a metaphoric or technical manner.
    The former problem student surpassed his instructor's expectations and scored top marks on his examination.
    The heavy rains threatened to surpass the capabilities of the levee, endangering the town on the other side.

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Surpass was a short-lived Wrigley antacid gum.
Shipments of Surpass to retail outlets were discontinued in March 2003 due to lack of popularity.

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