From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Surpass \Sur*pass"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Surpassed; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Surpassing.] [F. surpasser; sur over + passer to
   pass. See Sur-, and Pass.]
   To go beyond in anything good or bad; to perform (an
   activity) better than; to exceed; to excel.
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         This would surpass
         Common revenge and interrupt his joy.    --Milton.
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   Syn: To exceed; excel; outdo; outstrip.
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