Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To pass beyond the limits of (a category or conception, for instance).
  • intransitive verb To be greater than, as in quality or intensity; surpass.
  • intransitive verb To exist above and independent of (material experience or the universe).
  • intransitive verb To be transcendent; excel.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete To climb; to mount.
  • intransitive verb rare To be transcendent; to excel.
  • transitive verb To rise above; to surmount.
  • transitive verb To pass over; to go beyond; to exceed.
  • transitive verb To surpass; to outgo; to excel; to exceed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive to pass beyond the limits of something.
  • verb transitive to surpass something in intensity or power; to excel.
  • verb obsolete To climb; to mount.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb be superior or better than some standard
  • verb be greater in scope or size than some standard

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English transcenden, from Old French transcendre, from Latin trānscendere : trāns-, trans- + scandere, to climb; see skand- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French transcender, Latin transcendere ("to climb over, step over, surpass, transcend"), from trans ("over") + scandere ("to climb"); see scan; compare ascend, descend.

Examples

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  • Please accept

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    transcend

    (Dredg: "Ode to the Sun")

    August 1, 2007

  • Great dreamers' dream are never fulfilled , they are always transcended

    August 23, 2015