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.
Recent Examples on the Web The developers intend to exceed the city’s affordable-housing rules, which require a minimum of 13 percent of units in many new buildings be set at affordable rents, said Jake Upton, a partner with Upton + Partners. Catherine Carlock, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2022 The amount of revenue generated from crypto theft operations and other malicious cyber activity, like ransomware, is estimated by international monitors to far exceed what Pyongyang earns through official channels. Ian Talley, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 This year, the organization hopes to exceed those numbers, with the goal of raising $100,000. Paul Eisenberg, Chicago Tribune, 29 July 2022 To compete with TikTok, which is forecasted by Insider Intelligence to exceed $11 billion in digital ad revenue by 2024, Meta has increasingly pushed its short-form video offering, Reels, across Instagram and Facebook. J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 July 2022 Growth marketers who meet or exceed their goals realize that generating awareness is only the beginning. John Hall, Forbes, 24 July 2022 The heat is expected to peak Tuesday with a chance to meet or exceed some record high temperatures, Bowlan said. Mike Jones, Arkansas Online, 16 July 2022 Since then, however, state officials have found hundreds of wells beyond the boundary with PFAS levels that exceed state limits. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2022 Everyone wants a clean vacation rental, but nobody wants to pay exorbitant cleaning fees that can exceed the base cost of the rental. cleveland, 17 July 2022 See More

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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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“Exceed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exceed. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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