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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Any ships and planes heading into the vicinity at the time will be advised to steer clear of a potential impact area that may exceed 10,000km{+2}—roughly the size of Lebanon. The Economist, "No one has yet been killed by re-entering space junk," 10 Aug. 2019 On Wednesday, Lyft reported loss and revenue figures that both exceeded estimates and boosted its annual forecast. Eric Newcomerbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Uber lost $5.2 billion last quarter and posts disappointing sales," 8 Aug. 2019 Erosion has washed away sediments beneath the pipeline, opening a gap that exceeds the 75-foot limit set under a state easement. Washington Post, "Enbridge says gap opens beneath Great Lakes oil pipeline," 7 Aug. 2019 AMC Networks, the cable networks company that operates AMC, IFC, WE tv, BBC America and SundanceTV, on Wednesday reported higher second-quarter earnings that exceeded Wall Street estimates, but its U.S. advertising revenue fell about 11 percent. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "AMC Networks Earnings Rise Despite 11 Percent U.S. Ad Revenue Drop," 31 July 2019 There have been several posts that have exceeded those numbers, getting upwards of 20,000 likes. Madeline Fitzgerald, Time, "To Meme, or Not to Meme? Meet the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind SparkNotes' Genius Twitter Account," 30 July 2019 IMPD this month swore in 81 new recruits, a class that exceeded Roach's expectations. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "As Mayor Joe Hogsett seeks re-election, IMPD is finally growing," 30 July 2019 Most of the other stars have an orbit that exceeds the average human lifespan. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Einstein's theory of general relativity stands, a study says -- for now," 25 July 2019 The Ohio State basketball coaching staff also self-reported past violations, including paying for a recruit’s meal that exceeded by $40 while on an official visit. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "Ohio State football, basketball self-report a combined 22 NCAA violations between 2017-19," 24 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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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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