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 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson instituted a new limit to the size of indoor and outdoor social gatherings to not exceed six people, the BBC reported Tuesday. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Coronavirus vaccine developer places trials on hold after volunteer has serious adverse reaction," 8 Sep. 2020 Up to this point in Huntsville, Regale has been operating under Alabama Cottage Food Law, which allows that certain kinds of foods, including cupcakes, can be sold directly to customers, as long as sales do not exceed $20,000 per year. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "New locally owned cupcake shop opening in Huntsville," 12 Aug. 2020 In city venues with multiple event spaces, the occupancy limit applies separately to each space, as long as the collective occupancy does not exceed 25%, according to a Friday news release. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "As coronavirus restrictions loosened, larger weddings resumed. Some say Maryland officials should pump the brakes.," 10 Aug. 2020 Once agencies reported that heavy metal concentrations left behind by the spill did not exceed state and federal limits, irrigation resumed along the river. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gold King mine spill left linger troubles on Navajo Nation," 8 Aug. 2020 Both Hanna, which hit Northern Mexico and South Texas on July 25, and Isaias were Category 1 storms, with winds that did not exceed 95 m.p.h. New York Times, "Hurricane Forecast: ‘One of the Most Active Seasons on Record’," 6 Aug. 2020 The order allows teachers to use classrooms as long as school building occupancy doesn’t exceed 10 percent. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "Some teachers in San Antonio will give virtual lessons from empty classrooms because of the coronavirus," 31 July 2020 Under the law, total acreage couldn't exceed 95,730 acres. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "A blessing for parks," 30 Aug. 2020 Hurricanes can exceed speeds of 200 mph; in 2015, Hurricane Patricia produced 215 mph winds, which were the strongest ever recorded, according to National Geographic. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "How Do Hurricanes Form?," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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15 Sep 2020

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“Exceed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exceed. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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