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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. [1913 Webster] This would surpass Common revenge and interrupt his joy. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Syn: To exceed; excel; outdo; outstrip. [1913 Webster]