- 1Exceed; be greater than: pre-war levels of production were surpassed in 1929More example sentences
- Some 23 provinces suffer power shortages as demand from industrial production surpasses the growth of generation capacity.
- In her first month of production her sales-commission numbers surpassed my first year.
- Of the eight players chosen ahead of Stoudemire, none has surpassed his production.
- 1.1Be better than: he continued to surpass me at all gamesMore example sentences
- Ever believable, this actress to my mind continually surpasses what I have always come to think of as her definitive performance.
- He was a strong leader, a visionary in his way, a figure surpassing all around him at home and on the continent.
- Once again the cast have been asked to put on a special attempt to surpass the productions of the past years.
- 1.2 (surpass oneself) Do or be better than ever before: the organist was surpassing himselfMore example sentences
- Now the ever progressive York gallery has surpassed itself by presenting an exhibition by Annie Halliday that utilises neither camera nor lens.
- I thought last week's performance by Cris was the worst I'd ever seen by a professional footballer, but he's surpassing himself tonight.
- Every year it surpasses itself with kitschness and when you see it listed on the television schedule, eyes invariably roll to heaven accompanied by moans and groans of distaste.
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- Sciences like mathematics, optics, mechanics, astronomy and pharmacology had reached a sort of logical ‘completion’ that was not surpassable without a revolutionary reform.
- Any password that involves you moving a cursor around on a screen is easily surpassable by anybody within visual range, and that includes via security camera.
- It is astonishing that even this first film already had something not easily surpassable.
mid 16th century: from French surpasser, from sur- 'above' + passer 'to pass'.