exceeding Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb be greater in scope or size than some standard
    transcend; exceed; surpass.
    • Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds
  2. verb be superior or better than some standard
    transcend; exceed; 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
    exceed; 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
  4. adjective satellite far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
    surpassing; prodigious; olympian; exceptional.
    • a night of exceeding darkness
    • an exceptional memory
    • olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy
    • the young Mozart's prodigious talents


Ex*ceed"ing adjective
  1. More than usual; extraordinary; more than sufficient; measureless. "The exceeding riches of his grace." Eph. ii. 7. -- Ex*ceed"ing*ness, n. Obs. Sir P. Sidney.
Ex*ceed"ing adverb
  1. In a very great degree; extremely; exceedingly. Archaic. It is not joined to verbs. "The voice exceeding loud." Keble.
    His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow. Mark ix. 3.
    The Genoese were exceeding powerful by sea. Sir W. Raleigh.

Webster 1913