American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To extend beyond or outside of: The river exceeded its banks.
- v. To be greater than; surpass: "a horror of the spirit that cannot be exceeded at the hour of birth or death” ( Robert Louis Stevenson).
- v. To go beyond the limits of: exceeded my allowance. See Synonyms at excel.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pass or go beyond; proceed beyond the given or supposed limit, measure, or quantity of: as, the task exceeds his strength; he has exceeded his authority.
- To surpass; be superior to; excel.
- Synonyms To transcend, outdo, outvie, outstrip.
- To go too far; pass the proper bounds; go over any given limit, number, or measure: as, to exceed in eating or drinking.
- To bear the greater proportion; be more or larger; predominate.
- To excel.
- v. transitive To be larger, greater than (something).
- v. transitive To be better than (something).
- v. transitive To go beyond (some limit); to surpass, outstrip or transcend.
- v. intransitive To predominate
- v. intransitive, obsolete To overdo
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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.
- v. To go too far; to pass the proper bounds or measure.
- v. To be more or greater; to be paramount.
- v. be or do something to a greater degree
- v. be superior or better than some standard
- v. be greater in scope or size than some standard
- From Middle English exceden, from Old French exceder, from Latin excedere ("to go out, go forth, go beyond a certain limit, overpass, exceed, transgress"), from ex- ("out, forth") with cedere ("to go"); see cede and compare accede etc. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English exceden, from Old French exceder, from Latin excēdere : ex-, ex- + cēdere, to go. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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