(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. transcend, surpass, excel, outdo, outstrip, beat; overstep, pass, overdo, go beyond. See superiority. Ant., fall short of.
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. outdo, surpass, transcend, excel, distance, outdistance, pass, top, cap, overstep, outrun, outpace, beat, go beyond, go by, better, best, surmount, outstrip, outreach, outvie, eclipse, outshine, outclass, outperform, outrival, overshadow, rise above, overpass, pass over, overshoot, overdo, go too far, overtake, leave behind, run circles around*, have the edge on*, get the bulge on*, edge out*, have it on*, have it all over*, get the drop on*, beat to the draw*, break the record, carry all before one, get the better of, put one's nose out of joint*, get the best of, hold aces*, have a card up one's sleeve*, have the jump on*, cut out*, meet one at every turn*, beat the wind out of*, be ahead of the game*, have the advantage, gain the ascendancy, gain the upper hand, rank out*.
Ant. lag*, dally, fall short.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
surpass, best, pass, transcend, eclipse, top, outdo, excel, outshine, overshadow, outrank, outdistance, overwhelm, *go above and beyond.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To be greater or better than: best, better1, excel, outdo, outmatch, outrun, outshine, outstrip, pass, surpass, top, transcend. Informal: beat. Idioms: go beyond, go one better. See BIG. 2. To go beyond the limits of: overreach, overrun, overstep, surpass, transcend. See EXCESS.

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