verb \tran(t)-ˈsend\

: to rise above or go beyond the normal limits of (something)

Full Definition of TRANSCEND

transitive verb
a :  to rise above or go beyond the limits of
b :  to triumph over the negative or restrictive aspects of :  overcome
c :  to be prior to, beyond, and above (the universe or material existence)
:  to outstrip or outdo in some attribute, quality, or power
intransitive verb
:  to rise above or extend notably beyond ordinary limits

Examples of TRANSCEND

  1. music that transcends cultural boundaries
  2. She was able to transcend her own suffering and help others.
  3. Her concerns transcended local issues.


Middle English, from Latin transcendere to climb across, transcend, from trans- + scandere to climb — more at scan
First Known Use: 14th century


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