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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exceed, transcend, surpassverb

    be greater in scope or size than some standard

    "Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds"

  2. exceed, transcend, overstep, pass, go past, topverb

    be superior or better than some standard

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

  3. surpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, surmount, outperformverb

    be or do something to a greater degree

    "her performance surpasses that of any other student I know"; "She outdoes all other athletes"; "This exceeds all my expectations"; "This car outperforms all others in its class"


  1. exceedverb

    To be larger, greater than (something).

    The company's 2005 revenue exceeds that of 2004.

  2. exceedverb

    To be better than (something).

    The quality of her essay has exceeded my expectations.

  3. exceedverb

    To go beyond (some limit); to surpass, outstrip or transcend.

    In Super Mario RPG, the name that you are typing in cannot exceed eight characters.

  4. exceedverb

    To predominate

  5. exceedverb

    To overdo

  6. Etymology: From exceden, from exceder, from excedere, from ex- with cedere; see cede and compare accede etc.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To EXCEEDverb

    Etymology: excedo, Latin.

    Nor did any of the crusts much exceed half an inch in thickness. John Woodward, on Fossils.

    Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth. 1 Kings x. 23.

  2. To Exceedverb

    In your prayers, and places of religion, use reverent postures and great attention, remembering that we speak to God, in our reverence to whom we cannot possibly exceed. Taylor.

    Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed. Deutr. xxv.

    Justice must punish the rebellious deed;
    Yet punish so, as pity shall exceed. John Dryden, State of Innocence.


  1. exceed

    To exceed means to surpass or go beyond a certain limit, amount, or standard. It involves doing more than what is required or expected. It can also refer to being greater or better than something else.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exceedverb

    to go beyond; to proceed beyond the given or supposed limit or measure of; to outgo; to surpass; -- used both in a good and a bad sense; as, one man exceeds another in bulk, stature, weight, power, skill, etc.; one offender exceeds another in villainy; his rank exceeds yours

  2. Exceedverb

    to go too far; to pass the proper bounds or measure

  3. Exceedverb

    to be more or greater; to be paramount

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exceed

    ek-sēd′, v.t. to go beyond the limit or measure of: to surpass or excel.—v.i. to go beyond a given or proper limit.—p.adj. Exceed′ing, surpassing, excessive.—adv. Exceed′ingly, very much: greatly. [L. ex, beyond, cedĕre, cessum, to go.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exceed' in Verbs Frequency: #564

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exceed in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exceed in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of exceed in a Sentence

  1. Harold R. McAlindon:

    The quality of an organization can never exceed the quality of the minds that make it up.

  2. Ted W. Engstrom:

    The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that must precede the victory.

  3. Blair Holloway:

    If we reach or exceed 10.5 feet, it will rank as at least the fourth-highest tide on record and would be the highest non-tropical on record. We've never seen the tide exceed 10.43 feet unless it is related to a tropical system, this would be exceedingly rare if not unprecedented, we're particularly worried about the only road in and out -- that goes from Savannah to Tybee Island -- the road was raised up a few years ago, but at 10.5 feet we're expecting issues there.

  4. Daniel Ang:

    Oil-exporting countries such as Malaysia may have diminished government revenues from falling energy prices and this could exacerbate their debt issues, if prices do continue to fall and persist for a long time ... oil rig developments could be re-evaluated if the cost for extraction continues to exceed the cost per barrel.

  5. Robert Browning:

    Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?

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