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

Casino revenue has far exceeded initial projections. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora hits quarter century as a casino town," 22 June 2018 Bloom has been around since 2001, and for the first decade or so of its life its hype far exceeded its accomplishments. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Why the Pride of Green Tech Startups Is Going Public," 18 June 2018 The number far exceeds the 29 percent of white children, 53 percent of Hispanic children and 12 percent of Asian children born in similar circumstances. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "In praise of African-American men," 17 June 2018 The means the world’s greenhouse gas emissions would exceed the amount needed to warm the planet by 1.5°C, so some method is needed to pull carbon dioxide out of the air. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 big takeaways from the UN’s alarming climate change report," 9 Oct. 2018 That level of hiring would slightly exceed the pace in July, when employers added 157,000 jobs. Christopher Rugaber, Fox News, "Solid US job growth is likely to be reported for August," 7 Sep. 2018 The new plane simply isn’t ready and the cost of purchasing F-35s for the team would easily exceed a billion dollars. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Blue Angels Are Getting 'New' Jets," 15 Aug. 2018 Yet a 46-homer season would exceed Trout's personal best by five. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Mike Trout: Halfway to one of the greatest seasons in baseball history," 28 June 2018 The Department of Revenue has estimated sales would exceed $24 million in fiscal year 2018, which spans last July through this June but wouldn’t count sales in the few days around Independence Day. Scott Stewart, The Seattle Times, "Fireworks face more restrictions in 2nd legal year in Iowa," 10 June 2018

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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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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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