1. distinguish oneself

Similar word(s): excel

Definition categories: stative

2. be or do something to a greater degree

- her performance surpasses that of any other student I know

Similar word(s): exceed, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount

Definition categories: competition, beat, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish

3. move past

- One line of soldiers surpassed the other

Similar word(s): pass

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

4. be greater in scope or size than some standard

Similar word(s): exceed, transcend

Definition categories: stative

Sentences with surpass as a verb:

- The former problem student surpassed his instructor's expectations and scored top marks on his examination.

- The heavy rains threatened to surpass the capabilities of the levee, endangering the town on the other side.