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exceed Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb be greater in scope or size than some standard
    transcend; surpass.
    • Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds
  2. verb be superior or better than some standard
    transcend; top; overstep; go past; pass.
    • She exceeded our expectations
    • She topped her performance of last year
  3. verb be or do something to a greater degree
    surpass; outperform; outgo; outstrip; outmatch; surmount; outdo.
    • 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

Ex*ceed" transitive verb
L. excedere, excessum, to go away or beyond; ex out + cedere to go, to pass: cf. F. excéder. See Cede.
imperfect & past participle Exceeded; present participle & verbal noun Exceeding
  1. 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.
    Name the time, but let it not Exceed three days. Shak.
    Observes how much a chintz exceeds mohair. Pope.
    Syn. -- To outdo; surpass; excel; transcend; outstrip; outvie; overtop.
Ex*ceed" intransitive verb
  1. To go too far; to pass the proper bounds or measure. "In our reverence to whom, we can not possibly exceed." Jer. Taylor.
    Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed. Deut. xxv. 3.
  2. To be more or greater; to be paramount. Shak.

Webster 1913