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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As donations poured in from the international community, experts estimate that total restoration costs for the 850-year-old landmark could exceed $1 billion and could take 10 to 15 years of work. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Notre Dame Cathedral to hold first mass since devastating fire," 14 June 2019 In 2018 there were eight mergers exceeding $1 billion in value, including an all-stock deal between L3 Technologies and Harris and General Dynamics' acquisition of CSRA Inc., according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. CBS News, "Raytheon, United Technologies to merge, creating defense giant," 10 June 2019 Research firm Cybersecurity Ventures projects that global losses from cyber crimes could well hit $6 trillion a year by 2021, while Gartner Inc. forecasts that world-wide spending on cybersecurity will exceed $124 billion in 2019. ... Scott J. Shackelford, WSJ, "The U.S. Needs an NTSB for Cyberattacks," 4 June 2019 Previous work had shown that if the source and sink were close to each other, radiative heat transfer could significantly exceed the limits of blackbody radiation. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Edge on cooling from nanostructure beats physical limit," 11 Sep. 2018 The label was still growing a decade after Maier’s appointment, and exceeded one billion in sales for the first time in 2012. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Bottega Veneta Designer Tomas Maier Departs," 14 June 2018 In the past, some estimates for smaller exercises have been about $2 million, while some larger ones have cost $15 million or more — all relatively minor expenses for a department with a budget now exceeding $700 billion. Robert Burns, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s halt of ‘war games’ could weaken defenses in Korea," 14 June 2018 This latest Model S is said to offer up to 400 miles of driving range, exceeding the current model's maximum range by 30 miles. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "The Updated Tesla Model S Could Crib Model 3 Content," 29 May 2019 Casino revenue has far exceeded initial projections. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora hits quarter century as a casino town," 22 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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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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