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 LEEDCo previously paid a $50,000 application fee when the project review started in 2017, but the agency’s review costs have exceeded that as the approval process has dragged on due to its complexity and controversy, according to agency staff. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Planned Lake Erie wind farm back on track after fee paid," 12 Sep. 2019 Since early 2019 the youthful mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has far exceeded expectations—including his own—in his bid to become the Democratic presidential nominee. A.r. | Chicago, The Economist, "Why Pete Buttigieg is losing momentum," 4 Sep. 2019 My loathing of laundry was exceeded only by the self-loathing of being bad at it. Los Angeles Times, "Revealed: The dirty little secrets of doing hand laundry on the road," 30 Aug. 2019 Demand in China has far exceeded capacity, creating waits long enough to scare off applicants. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Trump takes aim at 'golden visa' program that's pumped hundreds of millions of dollars in investment into Texas," 24 Aug. 2019 The number of calls to poison control each month in 2019 has exceeded the number of calls from its corresponding month in 2018. Fortune, "Laundry Pod Exposures Are Rising for the First Time Since 2015," 21 Aug. 2019 Tesla has exceeded the 200,000 threshold, which means the tax credit for all its models has dropped to $3,750. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bill looks to boost California’s rebate for buying an electric vehicle," 5 Aug. 2019 By 2009, the deficit had exceeded $1 trillion for the first time, reaching $1.4 trillion. Brian Riedl, National Review, "New Budget Deal Puts Final Nail in the Tea Party Coffin," 22 July 2019 For many weeks the yield on three-month Treasury bills has exceeded that of the benchmark 10-year Treasury note by as much as 0.259 percentage point, the most since May 2007, before the financial crisis. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "As Recession Fears Rise, Skittish Investors Sell Riskiest Junk Bonds," 12 July 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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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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