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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Now that Apple has exceeded $1 trillion in market capitalization, is the company the future of capitalism? Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Has Snapchat peaked? And understanding Alex Jones’ platform bans," 7 Aug. 2018 And while the livestream seemed to show the team’s pod exceeding 100 mph, it was later logged at just 53 mph (85 kmh) by SpaceX’s independent verification. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "SpaceX’s hyperloop race was all about ‘maximum speed’ (and celebrating Elon Musk)," 28 July 2018 In fact, France’s squad is represented by minorities in numbers far exceeding that of immigration levels. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why the World Cup is a great advertisement for immigration," 10 July 2018 Middletown’s lawsuit alleges that drug manufacturers knew the addiction risks associated with prescription painkillers, but still pushed the drugs in numbers far exceeding any reasonable medical need, the city said in a statement. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Middletown Becomes Latest Town To Sue Drug Companies," 6 July 2018 Read more Tigers: The game-time temperature was 92 degrees, with the heat index exceeding 100 degrees. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire leaves game because of heat," 4 July 2018 Temperatures are expected to hit or exceed the century mark in many parts of Southern California in the coming days, including downtown L.A. Inland valley and foothill areas are expected to be even hotter. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Extreme heat wave, high surf expected to send many to the beach," 4 July 2018 The Heat lack cap space beyond the $5.3 million taxpayer mid-level exception, but can exceed the cap to re-sign Ellington due to his early-Bird Rights. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "NBA free-agency money dries up, so might Heat trade options," 3 July 2018 Telemundo Deportes says this World Cup has already exceeded the reach for the entire Spanish-speaking viewership of the 2010 tournament, which had 32.2 million viewers for 60 games. Amanda Christovich, USA TODAY, "Andres Cantor explains how his famous 'gol!' call came to be, gives his top 5 calls of the last decade," 13 July 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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