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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Clearly, that chemistry transcended to the real world. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kit Harington Says One of His Favorite "Game of Thrones" Scenes Was Rose Leslie's Death," 28 Apr. 2019 But this majestic cathedral has transcended that history, offering solace and an oasis of reflection to people of all backgrounds and religions, including me. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Notre-Dame Cathedral Symbolizes the Power of Architecture to Transform Lives," 16 Apr. 2019 But for many volunteers, Brexit’s impact on the country transcends those concerns. Kelvin Chan, The Seattle Times, "Grassroots tech group takes startup approach to fight Brexit," 26 Mar. 2019 Lamar’s accomplished the tricky feat of transcending his native genre without ever shunning it, a level-up his hip-hop Salieri, Drake, likely covets. Drew Lazor, Philly.com, "Kendrick Lamar looms large at his show at BB&T Pavilion," 9 June 2018 Yeah, and going back to the Transcendentalists and basically transcending your ... Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Author Michael Pollan on Recode Decode," 22 May 2018 Humans are on the verge of transcending their relationship with the world around them. John Nosta, Fortune, "Commentary: Can Technology Make Us Even More Human?," 5 Apr. 2018 Master Number 22 is inspired to create platforms in the physical realm that transcend immediate realities — by fusing the tangible and intangible, Master Number 22 cultivates a dynamic long-term legacy. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Basics of Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path and Destiny Numbers," 16 July 2018 Presley worked hard and set a peerless example that transcends the Elvis of the Las Vegas years. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Elvis Presley: HBO film salutes NBC special," 6 Apr. 2018

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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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More Definitions for transcend

transcend

verb

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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