One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To surpass, exceed.
2with object To overcome, conquer; to get over, surmount. Compare earlier superate.
Late 16th century. Originally from classical Latin superāt-, past participial stem of superāre to climb over, to cross, to get beyond, to pass, to rise or extend above, to be superior to, to surpass, excel, to exceed, to prevail over, to overcome, defeat, to surmount from superus higher.
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