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excel Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb distinguish oneself
    stand out; surpass.
    • She excelled in math
WordNet

Ex*cel" transitive verb
Etymology
L. excellere, excelsum; ex out + a root found in culmen height, top; cf. F. exceller. See Culminate, Column.
Wordforms
imperfect & past participle Excelled; present participle & verbal noun Excelling
Definitions
  1. To go beyond or surpass in good qualities or laudable deeds; to outdo or outgo, in a good sense.
    Excelling others, these were great; Thou, greater still, must these excel. Prior.
    I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. Eccl. ii. 13.
  2. To exceed or go beyond; to surpass.
    She opened; but to shut Excelled her power; the gates wide open stood. Milton.
Ex*cel" intransitive verb
Definitions
  1. To surpass others in good qualities, laudable actions, or acquirements; to be distinguished by superiority; as, to excel in mathematics, or classics.
    Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel. Gen. xlix. 4.
    Then peers grew proud in horsemanship t' excel. Pope.

Webster 1913


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