exceed

verb
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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An investigative report commissioned by Congress, publicly released in October 2017, showed that about 2% of public water systems across the country exceeded the federal limit on lead between 2014 and 2016. Laura Pangallozzi, The Conversation, "At least 2% of US public water systems are like Flint’s – Americans just don’t hear about them," 10 July 2019 Annual research at the university exceeds $572 million. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al.com, "UAB ranked top young university in the country," 26 June 2019 If a classic margarita on the rocks with salt is undeniably perfect for you, then this watermelon version will exceed all your notions of cocktail perfection. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "56 Recipes for 4th of July Cocktails, Drinks, and Slushies (and Definitely Frosé)," 26 June 2019 In some states, a $15 minimum wage exceeds the median market wage. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Economists don’t agree on much, but what they do agree on is being ignored," 25 June 2019 The available salary-cap space around the league for next season alone exceeds $500 million. Tim Reynolds, orlandosentinel.com, "NBA shifts focus to free agency after draft dust settles," 23 June 2019 The total amounts frequently exceeded current guidelines from several academic medical centers, which call for zero to 10 pills for many of the procedures in the analysis, and up to 30 for cardiac bypass surgery. STAT, "While addiction crisis raged, many surgeons overprescribed opioids, analysis shows," 21 June 2019 Just look at the 2018 midterm elections, which far exceeded anyone’s wildest expectations. Lily Herman, refinery29.com, "Yes, A Woman Can Beat Trump In 2020. Here's How.," 15 June 2019 The Institute stated casino revenues have exceeded that total for the last 10 years, excluding once in 2017. nola.com, "Louisiana’s budget raises preschool funding for the first time in 10 years," 11 June 2019

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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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exceed

verb

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)

exceed

verb
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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