Simple Definition of exceed
: to be greater or more than (something) : to be better than (something)
: to go beyond the limit of (something)
Examples of exceed in a sentence
The cost must not exceed 10 dollars.
The cost exceeded our estimate.
The demand for new housing has already exceeded the supply.
He's trying to match or exceed last year's sales.
Origin and Etymology of exceed
Middle English exceden, from Middle French exceder, from Latin excedere, from ex- + cedere to go
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of exceed
EXCEED Defined for Kids
Definition of exceed for Students
1 : to be greater than <The cost must not exceed 100 dollars.>
2 : to go or be beyond the limit of <Don't exceed the speed limit.>
Word Root of exceed
The Latin word cedere, meaning “to go,” gives us the root ced. Words from the Latin cedere have something to do with going. To precede is to go before. To exceed is to go beyond a limit. To proceed is to go forward. To recede is to go back or away.
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