from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To pass beyond the limits of: emotions that transcend understanding.
- transitive v. To be greater than, as in intensity or power; surpass: love that transcends infatuation. See Synonyms at excel.
- transitive v. To exist above and independent of (material experience or the universe): "One never can see the thing in itself, because the mind does not transcend phenomena” ( Hilaire Belloc).
- intransitive v. To be transcendent; excel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to pass beyond the limits of something.
- v. to surpass something in intensity or power; to excel.
- v. To climb; to mount.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To rise above; to surmount.
- transitive v. To pass over; to go beyond; to exceed.
- transitive v. To surpass; to outgo; to excel; to exceed.
- intransitive v. To climb; to mount.
- intransitive v. To be transcendent; to excel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To climb over or up; ascend; mount; reach or extend upward to.
- To pass over; go beyond; overpass; overstep.
- To surpass; outdo; excel; exceed.
- To cause to climb or pass; lift; elevate.
- Synonyms To overstep.
- To outstrip, outdo.
- To climb; mount; pass upward or onward.
- To be transcendent; excel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be superior or better than some standard
- v. be greater in scope or size than some standard
Middle English transcenden, from Old French transcendre, from Latin trānscendere : trāns-, trans- + scandere, to climb; see skand- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French transcender, Latin transcendere ("to climb over, step over, surpass, transcend"), from trans ("over") + scandere ("to climb"); see scan; compare ascend, descend. (Wiktionary)