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

Weigel hoped to make $10,000 yearly, but sales exceeded all expectations. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Killingly-Brooklyn Rotary Gives Paul Harris Fellowship Award," 28 June 2019 Almost all coastal states received $5.57 for every $1 spent and met or slightly exceeded the national average, including California, Florida and Texas. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Some Disaster Prevention Spending Reaps Higher Rewards," 24 June 2019 During the 2017-18 school year, less than a quarter of students in the district met or exceeded state test standards on statewide English and math exams, according to data from the California Department of Education. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Private school founded by Mark Zuckerburg’s wife OK’d in East Palo Alto despite concerns," 20 June 2019 Yet the industry may not reach its former glory until 2021, when installations are expected to exceed its 2016 peak for the first time. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Two companies petitioned for Trump’s solar tariffs—now they’re both out of business," 18 June 2019 As streaming numbers skyrocketed, so did the pressure to maintain, if not exceed the expectations of managers, fans and James himself. Krystal Rodriguez, Billboard, "Hayden James Is Getting His Moment in the Sun With New Album: Interview," 18 June 2019 Because the number of patients in the state has exceeded expectations, that account has about $50 million in it that can't be used for other state projects. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Arizona bill would cut cost for medical marijuana card in half, require testing for impurities," 7 June 2019 MasterChef season 10 just kicked off on May 29, and already this year's batch of contestants are exceeding expectations. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See Which 'MasterChef' Season 10 Contestants Made 2019's Top 20 Finalist List," 30 May 2019 In every test except Excel, Qualcomm said that the Snapdragon 8cx met or exceeded the Core i5-8250U’s performance. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm's benchmarks show Snapdragon 8cx running as fast as Intel's Core i5," 27 May 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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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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