ex·ceed | \ik-ˈsēd \
exceeded; exceeding; exceeds

Definition of exceed 

transitive verb

1 : to extend outside of the river will exceed its banks

2 : to be greater than or superior to

3 : to go beyond a limit set by exceeded his authority

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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

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.
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His lawyers previously asked Ellis to dismiss the charges against him, claiming that Mueller had exceeded his authority by pursuing a financial crimes case unrelated to the Russia investigation. Chris Megerian, Anchorage Daily News, "For Paul Manafort, an uncommonly comfortable life behind bars," 12 July 2018 His lawyers previously asked Ellis to dismiss the charges against him, claiming that Mueller had exceeded his authority by pursuing a financial crimes case unrelated to the Russia investigation. Chris Megerian, latimes.com, "Paul Manafort's VIP jail treatment: A private phone line, a laptop and his own shower," 11 July 2018 In a 2012 case in which an appeals court panel upheld certain Obama-era greenhouse gas regulations, for example, Judge Kavanaugh dissented, arguing that the E.P.A. had exceeded the authority Congress had granted it. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Brett Kavanaugh on the Issues: Abortion, Guns, Climate and More," 10 July 2018 The appeals board in spring 2016 ruled that the Plan Commission exceeded its authority by reducing the number of apartments allowed at the site. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After long debate, Germantown's Saxony Village is opening apartments aimed at millennials," 6 July 2018 Riddle filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court, arguing the judges exceeded their authority because state law caps the clerk’s bond at the same level as that of the county treasurer: $250,000. Donald W. Meyers, The Seattle Times, "State Supreme Court weighs in on Yakima County clerk’s legal fight to keep her job," 6 July 2018 The appeals court ruled that Trump had exceeded the authority Congress had given him over immigration and had violated a part of the immigration laws barring discrimination in the issuance of visas. Adam Liptak, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court upholds Trump ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries," 26 June 2018 The court rejected contentions that Trump had exceeded his authority and violated the Constitution by targeting Muslims. Fortune, "U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban," 26 June 2018 In 2016, Shiva followed four Syrian families accepted for relocation to Baltimore (the U.S. took in 21,000 from a total number of Syrian refugees that exceeded 5 million). Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "In This Is Home, a Glimpse at the Reality of Life as a Resettled Refugee in the U.S.," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of exceed

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for exceed

Middle English exceden, from Middle French exceder, from Latin excedere, from ex- + cedere to go

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English Language Learners Definition of exceed

: to be greater or more than (something) : to be better than (something)

: to go beyond the limit of (something)


ex·ceed | \ik-ˈsēd \
exceeded; exceeding

Kids Definition of exceed

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.

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evasion of direct action or statement

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