transcend

verb
tran·​scend | \ tran(t)-ˈsend \
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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Few quotes transcend from reality TV into actual news and conversation quite like this one did. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "9 Dramatic 'Vanderpump Rules' Moments Nobody Can Ever Forget," 3 Dec. 2018 Leaders assume responsibility for pivotal decisions, transcend personal vendettas, try all paths to compromise. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "How to Find a Good Leader," 1 Nov. 2018 Buy Photo No stage performer works harder to please, tease, transcend, and convert than Taylor Mac. Jonathan Takiff, Philly.com, "Taylor Mac outdoes Springsteen as hardest-working headliner, in audacious Merriam marathon," 4 June 2018 Yet in one crucial respect, the show, whose three-day U.S. premiere opened Thursday, May 31, transcends default, which is in its use of projections. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Projections the highlight of ‘Solo Date’ at S.F. International Arts Fest," 1 June 2018 This can, expectedly, be a tall task for a company whose work force transcends geographic, socioeconomic, racial and educational lines. New York Times, "Starbucks’s Tall Order: Tackle Systemic Racism in 4 Hours," 29 May 2018 Pictures may well do better than words, which silence transcends. The Economist, "People crave silence, yet are unnerved by it," 17 May 2018 There is about 5% of the population that has surpassed or transcended those regulations, but there is still a large population that needs to break from that shell. Manveena Suri, CNN, "India's problem with rape: Do women feel safe?," 8 May 2018 Their catchy beats transcend language, and the elaborate music videos that accompany them are feats of choreography well worth watching. Raisa Bruner, Time, "These Are the Best K-Pop Groups You Should Know About," 9 Feb. 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

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

transcend

verb
tran·​scend | \ tran-ˈsend \
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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