verb Etymology: Middle English exceden, from Middle French exceder, from Latin excedere, from ex- + cedere to go Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to extend outside of <
the river will exceed its banks
2. to be greater than or superior to 3. to go beyond a limit set by <
exceeded his authority
intransitive verb 1. obsolete overdo 2. predominate Synonyms: exceed, surpass, transcend, excel, outdo, outstrip mean to go or be beyond a stated or implied limit, measure, or degree. exceed implies going beyond a limit set by authority or established by custom or by prior achievement <
exceed the speed limit
. surpass suggests superiority in quality, merit, or skill <
the book surpassed our expectations
. transcend implies a rising or extending notably above or beyond ordinary limits <
transcended the values of their culture
. excel implies preeminence in achievement or quality and may suggest superiority to all others <
excels in mathematics
. outdo applies to a bettering or exceeding what has been done before <
outdid herself this time
. outstrip suggests surpassing in a race or competition <
outstripped other firms in sales

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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