verb ex·cel \ik-ˈsel\

: to be better than others

: to be or do better than (others)


Full Definition of EXCEL

transitive verb
:  to be superior to :  surpass in accomplishment or achievement
intransitive verb
:  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


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