ex·​ceed | \ ik-ˈsēd How to pronounce exceed (audio) \
exceeded; exceeding; exceeds

Definition of exceed

transitive verb

1 : to be greater than or superior to
2 : to go beyond a limit set by exceeded his authority
3 : to extend outside of the river will exceed its banks

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The cost of the projects are expected to exceed the American Rescue Plan Act funds that Alpharetta receives. Tyler Wilkins, ajc, 29 May 2021 To soothe fears the merger would create a lone, dominant landlord in Berlin, Germany's largest city, the duo agreed to sell 20,000 apartments back to the city of Berlin for a price expected to exceed €2.1 billion. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 25 May 2021 The total cost of the project is expected to exceed $10 million. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, 21 May 2021 As Sumit Sadana, executive vice president and chief business officer, wrote me in an April 30 email, Micron’s memory and storage market is expected to exceed $150 billion this year. Peter Cohan, Forbes, 11 May 2021 During 2020, the number of Americans using mobile payment platforms such as Apple Pay increased 29 percent and is expected to exceed 100 million in 2021 according to market research firm eMarketer. Marc Joffe, National Review, 6 May 2021 In fact, the wireless power market is expected to exceed $40 billion by 2027, according to Allied Market Research. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 3 May 2021 That’s also true for visitor spending, which is forecast to reach $11.9 billion in 2024, the first year that expenditures by out-of-towners are expected to exceed the $11.6 billion that flowed into the economy in 2019. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 All-Star shortstop Trevor Story is a free agent after the season, and with the price tag expected to exceed $200 million, there have been no contract talks. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of exceed

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for exceed

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

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The first known use of exceed was in the 14th century

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12 Jun 2021

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“Exceed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exceed. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce exceed (audio) \
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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