Definitions for transcendtrænˈsɛnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to rise above or go beyond the ordinary limits of; overpass; exceed.

  2. to outdo or exceed in excellence, extent, degree, etc.; surpass; excel.

  3. to be independent of or prior to (the universe, time, etc.).

    Category: Religion, Philosphy

  4. (v.i.)to be transcendent or superior; excel.

Origin of transcend:

1300–50; ME < L trānscendere to surmount =trāns-trans - +-scendere, comb. form of scandere to climb

Princeton's WordNet

  1. exceed, transcend, surpass(verb)

    be greater in scope or size than some standard

    "Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds"

  2. exceed, transcend, overstep, pass, go past, top(verb)

    be superior or better than some standard

    "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. transcend(verb)ænˈsɛnd

    to go beyond a limit

    a campaign that transcends racial divisions


  1. transcend(Verb)

    to pass beyond the limits of something.

  2. transcend(Verb)

    to surpass something in intensity or power; to excel.

  3. Origin: From transcender, transcendere, from trans + scandere; see scan; compare ascend, descend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transcend(verb)

    to rise above; to surmount; as, lights in the heavens transcending the region of the clouds

  2. Transcend(verb)

    to pass over; to go beyond; to exceed

  3. Transcend(verb)

    to surpass; to outgo; to excel; to exceed

  4. Transcend(verb)

    to climb; to mount

  5. Transcend(verb)

    to be transcendent; to excel

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