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excel

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verb ex·cel \ik-ˈsel\

Simple Definition of excel

  • : to be better than others

  • : to be or do better than (others)

Full Definition of excel

ex·celledex·cel·ling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to be superior to :  surpass in accomplishment or achievement

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to be distinguishable by superiority :  surpass others <excel in sports> <excelled at lipreading>

Examples of excel

  1. She excels everyone else in sports.

  2. <the special effects in this new sci-fi extravaganza excel any that we've seen previously>



Origin of excel

Middle English excellen, from Latin excellere, from ex- + -cellere to rise, project; akin to Latin collis hill — more at hill


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of excel

exceed, surpass, transcend, excel, outdo, outstrip mean to go or be beyond a stated or implied limit, measure, or degree. exceed implies going beyond a limit set by authority or established by custom or by prior achievement <exceed the speed limit>. surpass suggests superiority in quality, merit, or skill <the book surpassed our expectations>. transcend implies a rising or extending notably above or beyond ordinary limits <transcended the values of their culture>. excel implies preeminence in achievement or quality and may suggest superiority to all others <excels in mathematics>. outdo applies to a bettering or exceeding what has been done before <outdid herself this time>. outstrip suggests surpassing in a race or competition <outstripped other firms in sales>.


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