exceed

verb
ex·​ceed | \ ik-ˈsēd How to pronounce exceed (audio) \
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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Transporting a barrel from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast costs about $20 by rail, compared with about $12.50 by pipeline—exceeding the current difference between U.S. and Canadian benchmark crude prices. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: XPO’s Acquisition Shift; Amazon Drops Big Apple; Aviation’s Jumbo Reversal," 15 Feb. 2019 The company will also offer an optional adapter exceed 200 watts. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "MSI's GS75 Stealth is one stupidly thin and light 17-inch gaming laptop," 8 Jan. 2019 The plan, known as Madrid Central, is an attempt to lower the city’s nitrogen dioxide levels, which have exceeded European limits since 2010 and are thought to cause around 3,000 premature deaths per year, according to one study. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Madrid’s ban on polluting vehicles cuts traffic by nearly 32 percent in some areas," 3 Dec. 2018 And, if legal limits and exposure times are exceeded (determined by something called Phase Contrast Microscopy, which tests the air), workers need to be medically monitored, OSHA says. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Do if You Think You’ve Been Exposed to Asbestos," 20 July 2018 But under Trump, the EPA declared last year that the old rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants could not reasonably meet. Matthew Brown, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump replacement for Obama climate plan moves forward," 10 July 2018 Joanna Mountain, senior director of research at 23andMe, told PCWorld in an interview that the Global Genetics Project has already exceeded its original two-year goal of collecting 5,000 samples in less than a year. Dieter Holger, PCWorld, "DNA testing for ancestry is more detailed for white people. Here’s why, and how it's changing," 4 Dec. 2018 The United States said Thursday that North Korea has already exceeded the annual cap allowed for oil imports, and asked the United Nations to order an immediate halt to all transfers of oil to the country. Carol Morello, Washington Post, "U.S. urges U.N. to halt all oil transfers to North Korea," 12 July 2018 As of the July 3 court filing, Round Hill estimated the expenses exceeded $1 million. Katheleen Conti, BostonGlobe.com, "Necco’s new owner sued for failing to make final purchase payments," 12 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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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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