Simple Definition of transcend
: to rise above or go beyond the normal limits of (something)
Full Definition of transcend
1a : to rise above or go beyond the limits ofb : to triumph over the negative or restrictive aspects of : overcomec : to be prior to, beyond, and above (the universe or material existence)
2 : to outstrip or outdo in some attribute, quality, or power
: to rise above or extend notably beyond ordinary limits
Examples of transcend
music that transcends cultural boundaries
She was able to transcend her own suffering and help others.
Her concerns transcended local issues.
Origin of transcend
Middle English, from Latin transcendere to climb across, transcend, from trans- + scandere to climb — more at scan
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of transcend
Rhymes with transcend
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