surpassing

surpassing

[ser-pas-ing, -pah-sing]
adjective
1.
of a large amount or high degree; exceeding, excelling, or extraordinary: structures of surpassing magnificence.
adverb
2.
in a surpassing manner; extraordinarily.

Origin:
1570–80; surpass + -ing2

surpassingly, adverb
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surpass

[ser-pas, -pahs]
verb (used with object)
1.
to go beyond in amount, extent, or degree; be greater than; exceed.
2.
to go beyond in excellence or achievement; be superior to; excel: He surpassed his brother in sports.
3.
to be beyond the range or capacity of; transcend: misery that surpasses description.

Origin:
1545–55; < Middle French surpasser, equivalent to sur- sur-1 + passer to pass

surpassable, adjective
surpasser, noun
unsurpassable, adjective
unsurpassed, adjective


2. beat, outstrip. See excel.
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surpass (sɜːˈpɑːs)
 
vb
1.  to be greater than in degree, extent, etc
2.  to be superior to in achievement or excellence
3.  to overstep the limit or range of: the theory surpasses my comprehension
 
[C16: from French surpasser, from sur-1 + passer to pass]
 
sur'passable
 
adj

surpassing (sɜːˈpɑːsɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  exceptional; extraordinary
 
adv
2.  obsolete, poetic or (intensifier): surpassing fair
 
sur'passingly
 
adv

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surpass
1555, from M.Fr. surpasser "go beyond, exceed, excel," from O.Fr. sur- "beyond" + passer "to go by" (see pass (v.)).
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