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  • verb Present participle of excel.


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  • (AP) - Jeff Garcia takes pride in excelling in a young man's game. 2008

  • Their journeys suggest there may be remarkably little difference between in excelling in the science lab and excelling at the piano bench or in the public service arena. - All-stars unlock keys to life 2005

  • I’ve seen kids take pride in excelling at school and getting good grades, taking pride in how they behave, and setting a good example, and lastly, showing that it’s okay to be smart.

    Segregation in Cville? at 2002

  • One of the reasons why the stove described as excelling all others is sometimes cast aside for a poorer one is, that it requires a properly constructed chimney, and multitudes of women do not know how to secure it.

    American Woman's Home Harriet Beecher Stowe 1853

  • Urged by his three closest friends to join the team in January, the senior, who was a football and track and field standout at Jones, became intrigued with the idea of excelling in three sports. Chronicle 2011

  • Sanchez, the son of an aerospace engineer, recalled excelling in a high school drafting class.

    Daily Breeze Most Viewed 2010

  • This seemed very wonderful to Grace, and she listened to Sylvia's explanation of "excelling" instead of "spelling," and said she didn't think it was of any consequence.

    Yankee Girl at Fort Sumter Alice Turner Curtis

  • She knew Grace would think that "excelling" was much better than

    Yankee Girl at Fort Sumter Alice Turner Curtis

  • Fiji, were hailed by comrades for "excelling" in their roles after dying in separate incidents in Nad-e Ali on Tuesday.

    WalesOnline - Home 2010

  • Smith Junior High received the highest rating by the state, or "excelling," yet did not meet federal standards, putting it in "corrective action" this year. | news Ray Parker 2010


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