American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To do or be better than; surpass.
- v. To show superiority; surpass others.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To surpass in respect to something; be superior to; outdo in comparison; transcend, usually in something good or commendable, but sometimes in that which is bad or indifferent.
- To exceed or be beyond.
- To have certain qualities, or to perform certain actions, in an unusual degree; be remarkable, distinguished, or eminent for superiority in any respect; surpass others.
- v. transitive To surpass someone or something; to be better or do better than someone or something.
- v. intransitive To be much better than others.
- v. rare To exceed, to go beyond
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To go beyond or surpass in good qualities or laudable deeds; to outdo or outgo, in a good sense.
- v. To exceed or go beyond; to surpass.
- v. To surpass others in good qualities, laudable actions, or acquirements; to be distinguished by superiority.
- v. distinguish oneself
- Latin excellere, excelsum; ex out + a root found in culmen height, top; Compare French exceller. See also culminate, column. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English excellen, from Latin excellere; see kel-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Not to mention that doing, say, solver in excel is slow on anything other than a fairly recent vintage PC.”
“Before I just had a single rather messy page in excel with stories down one side and markets across the top.”
“Yep, asking children to stay in school and try to excel is truly a socialist agenda, isn't it?”
“Of course these are published as PDFs - which seems particularly obtuse as the tables themselves were probably put together in excel in the first place.”
“Well, part of this depends on how one counts subjects (how many subjects did Einstein excel in?), and on how one determines who the brightest people are.”
“Where Indian and other Asian programs excel is at routine math - more a function of students being drilled or pushed at home by parents.”
“That these young players excel is a credit to the older players.”
“The drugs enhance only their physical strength, not their emotional strength - the desire to excel is what spurs them to improve themselves.”
“(Jeff Jarvis has written a very key post on newspaper vs online revenue and how to manage the transition ... and linked to another one .. hot day here .. been in excel and powerpoint all day and need injection of energy)”
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