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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Recent Examples on the Web And with more than two months remaining in the year Portland will likely well exceed its previous high mark. Sarah Cline, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Oct. 2021 The number of semiconductors in a modern car, from the ignition to the braking system, can exceed a thousand. Xavier Fontdegloria, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2021 Often the outstanding miles or points far exceed the outstanding debit balance, as they are saved up over time and are often disregarded during separation negotiations. Kimberly Nelson, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 For legislative districts, the deviation cannot exceed plus or minus 5%. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 15 Oct. 2021 Fatal shootings over the first nine months of 2021 in King County, which includes Seattle, already exceed last year's year-end total. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 14 Oct. 2021 This amount cannot exceed the sum of student fees and direct institutional support that the department receives from the school. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2021 Most of the rate hikes in the first year won’t exceed $120, although about 3 percent of policies will go up by more than $240. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Oct. 2021 Those tracts — including 1.6 million residents, or about 30 percent of the region’s population — exceed the regional average of low-income households and have high numbers of Black, Asian or Latino residents. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021

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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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22 Oct 2021

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“Exceed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exceed. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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