transcend

verb
tran·​scend | \ tran(t)-ˈsend How to pronounce transcend (audio) \
transcended; transcending; transcends

Definition of transcend

transitive verb

1a : to rise above or go beyond the limits of
b : to triumph over the negative or restrictive aspects of : overcome
c : to be prior to, beyond, and above (the universe or material existence)
2 : to outstrip or outdo in some attribute, quality, or power

intransitive verb

: to rise above or extend notably beyond ordinary limits

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Choose the Right Synonym for transcend

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

When Should You Use transcend?

Great leaders are expected to transcend the limitations of politics, especially during wartime and national crises. A great writer may transcend geographical boundaries to become internationally respected. And certain laws of human nature seem to transcend historical periods and hold true for all times and all places.

Examples of transcend in a Sentence

music that transcends cultural boundaries She was able to transcend her own suffering and help others. Her concerns transcended local issues.
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Recent Examples on the Web Otherwise his was thoroughly capable playing that somehow never transcended the notes on the page. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Five pianists, Fort Worth Symphony perform all five Beethoven piano concertos," 5 Jan. 2020 And in that other zone that transcends time differences and calendars and geography: the zone of memory, cinnamon, nutmeg and love. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "How a globe-scattered family is tied together at Christmas with coffeecake," 18 Dec. 2019 Nonpartisan polling also shows that a desire for lower drug prices and distaste for pharmaceutical companies transcends party identification. Lev Facher, STAT, "Democrats’ drug pricing bill is a sneak peek at the party’s 2020 campaign message," 11 Dec. 2019 Franceschini argued that cultural experience and talent transcend national borders. Washington Post, "Italy’s Uffizi to partner with Hong Kong on art exhibitions," 28 Nov. 2019 Viscerally philosophic, this sensorial barrage cuts into the viewer’s psyche like a knife through flesh in that its artful rawness transcends the limits of the screen. Carlos Aguilar, chicagotribune.com, "‘Monos’ review: Heaven, Earth and war collide," 19 Sep. 2019 Some also believe that the indictments present a risk that existing negative Nigerian stereotypes may now transcend education and income barriers. David Hundeyin, CNN, "Opinion: FBI fraud busts dent Nigeria's global reputation," 29 Aug. 2019 With more than 25 Republicans voting in favor of passage, this amendment is proof that opposition to war with Iran transcends partisan politics. Lindsay Wise, WSJ, "House Passes Defense Bill Limiting Use of Force Against Iran," 12 July 2019 The actors transcend the simplifications, and make Eastwood’s 38th feature behind the camera something worth arguing about. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Richard Jewell’ review: Clint Eastwood’s seething reminder that sometimes, the fake-news rap is legit," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of transcend

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for transcend

Middle English, from Latin transcendere to climb across, transcend, from trans- + scandere to climb — more at scan

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The first known use of transcend was in the 14th century

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Transcend.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transcend?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=t&file=transc02. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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More Definitions for transcend

transcend

verb
How to pronounce transcend (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of transcend

formal : to rise above or go beyond the normal limits of (something)

transcend

verb
tran·​scend | \ tran-ˈsend How to pronounce transcend (audio) \
transcended; transcending

Kids Definition of transcend

1 : to rise above the limits of The music transcends cultural boundaries.
2 : to do better or more than The poem transcended all others in its beauty.

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