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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"


  1. transcendverb

    to pass beyond the limits of something.

  2. transcendverb

    to surpass something in intensity or power; to excel.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Transcendverb

    Etymology: transcendo, Latin.

    It is a dangerous opinion to such popes, as shall transcend their limits and become tyrannical. Francis Bacon.

    To judge herself, she must herself transcend,
    As greater circles comprehend the less. Davies.

    This glorious piece transcends what he could think;
    So much his blood is nobler than his ink. Edmund Waller.

    These are they
    Deserve their greatness and unenvy’d stand,
    Since what they act transcends what they command. John Denham.

    High though her wit, yet humble was her mind,
    As if she cou’d not, or she wou’d not find,
    How much her worth transcended all her kind. Dryden.

    Make disquisition whether these unusual lights be meteorological impressions not transcending the upper region, or whether to be ranked among celestial bodies. James Howell.

  2. To Transcendverb

    To climb. Not in use.

    To conclude, because things do not easily sink, they do not drown at all, the fallacy is a frequent addition in human expressions, which often give distinct accounts of proximity, and transcend from one unto another. Brown.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transcendverb

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

  2. Transcendverb

    to pass over; to go beyond; to exceed

  3. Transcendverb

    to surpass; to outgo; to excel; to exceed

  4. Transcendverb

    to climb; to mount

  5. Transcendverb

    to be transcendent; to excel

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Transcend

    tran-send′, v.t. to rise above: to surmount: to surpass: to exceed.—ns. Transcen′dence, Transcen′dency.—adjs. Transcen′dent, transcending: superior or supreme in excellence: surpassing others: as applicable to being, relating to the absolute, transcending all limitation—as applicable to knowledge, pertaining to what transcends experience, being given à priori: beyond human knowledge: abstrusely speculative, fantastic; Transcenden′tal, transcending: supereminent, surpassing others: concerned with what is independent of experience: vague.—v.t. Transcenden′talise.—ns. Transcenden′talism, the investigation of what is à priori in human knowledge, or independent of experience: that which is vague and illusive in philosophy: the American reaction against Puritan prejudices, humdrum orthodoxy, old-fashioned metaphysics, materialistic philistinism, and materialism—best associated with the name of R. W. Emerson (1803-82); Transcenden′talist.—advs. Transcenden′tally; Transcen′dently.—n. Transcen′dentness. [L. trans, beyond, scandĕre, to climb.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of transcend in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of transcend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of transcend in a Sentence

  1. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    I can't defeat anyone except my past and transcend to be better.

  2. Václav Havel:

    The role of the writer is not simply to arrange Being according to his own lights; he must also serve as a medium to Being and remain open to its often unfathomable dictates. This is the only way the work can transcend its creator and radiate its meaning further than the author himself can see or perceive.

  3. Darrel Toulon:

    They need to break the silence and take a place at the table in society, we are using beauty to transcend the ugliness of the situation.

  4. Mickey Mehta:

    Your life is your responsibility. Nurture it with the right ingredients and change it for better every moment. You and only you can break it or make it. Transform, transcend, metamorphosize, MickeyMize.

  5. Henry Vaughn:

    And yet, as angels in some brighter dreams Call to the soul when man doth sleep, So some strange thoughts transcend our wonted themes, And into glory peep.

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    someone who takes the place of another person
    • A. reassuring
    • B. abrupt
    • C. alternate
    • D. urban

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