excel

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verb ex·cel \ik-ˈsel\

Definition of excel

excelled

;

excelling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to be superior to :  surpass in accomplishment or achievement

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to be distinguishable by superiority :  surpass others excel in sports excelled at lipreading

Examples of excel in a sentence

  1. She excels everyone else in sports.

  2. the special effects in this new sci-fi extravaganza excel any that we've seen previously

Origin and Etymology of excel

Middle English excellen, from Latin excellere, from ex- + -cellere to rise, project; akin to Latin collis hill — more at hill


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of excel

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.

EXCEL Defined for English Language Learners

excel

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verb ex·cel \ik-ˈsel\

Definition of excel for English Language Learners

  • : to be better than others

  • : to be or do better than (others)


EXCEL Defined for Kids

excel

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verb ex·cel \ik-ˈsel\

Definition of excel for Students

excelled

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excelling

  1. :  to do better than others :  surpass She excelled at running.



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