surpass

To surpass means to outdo someone or something, to go beyond what was expected. If you do better than you think you will, you will surpass your own expectations.

Some words seem to exist just to give an extra oomph to your speech, and surpass is one of these. While you could just say passed or even outdid" saying surpass seems to indicate that a person (or some other thing that performs, like a company) has really gone beyond anything you anticipated. People tend to use this word a lot before the words expectations and predictions among others, because of course surpassing is all about "surpassing something."

Definitions of surpass
1

v be or do something to a greater degree

“her performance surpasses that of any other student I know”
Synonyms:
exceed, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount
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beat, circumvent, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach
beat through cleverness and wit
outgrow
grow faster than
outcry, outshout
shout louder than
outroar
roar louder than
outsail
sail faster or better than
outdraw
draw a gun faster, or best someone in a gunfight
outsell
sell more than others
outsell
be sold more often than other, similar products
outpace
surpass in speed
better, break
surpass in excellence
outshine
attract more attention and praise than others
outrange
have a greater range than (another gun)
outweigh
be heavier than
outbrave
be braver than
out-herod
surpass someone in cruelty or evil
outfox
outdo someone in trickery
shame
surpass or beat by a wide margin
outmarch
march longer distances and for a longer time than
outwear
last longer than others
upstage
steal the show, draw attention to oneself away from someone else
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

v be greater in scope or size than some standard

Synonyms:
exceed, transcend
Types:
overgrow
grow too large

v distinguish oneself

Synonyms:
excel, stand out
Types:
exceed, go past, overstep, pass, top, transcend
be superior or better than some standard
outrank, rank
take precedence or surpass others in rank
excel at, shine at
be good at

v move past

“One line of soldiers surpassed the other”
Synonyms:
go by, go past, pass, pass by, travel by
Types:
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skirt
pass around or about; move along the border
run by
pass by while running
fly by
pass by while flying
fly by, whisk by, zip by
move by very quickly
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

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