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[ik-seed] /ɪkˈsid/
verb (used with object)
to go beyond in quantity, degree, rate, etc.:
to exceed the speed limit.
to go beyond the bounds or limits of:
to exceed one's understanding.
to surpass; be superior to; excel:
Her performance exceeded all the others.
verb (used without object)
to be greater, as in quantity or degree.
to surpass others; excel or be superior.
Origin of exceed
1325-75; Middle English exceden < Latin excēdere to go out or beyond. See ex-1, cede
Related forms
exceedable, adjective
exceeder, noun
superexceed, verb (used without object)
unexceedable, adjective
unexceeded, adjective
Can be confused
accede, concede, exceed.
2. overstep, transcend. 3. outdo, outstrip, beat, cap, top. Unabridged
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  • But already this first section of my book has exceeded its limits.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • It might have exceeded your power to prevent it under other circumstances, Jack.

  • The loss of the British, in killed and wounded, exceeded one hundred.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
  • And that which neither exceeds nor is exceeded, must be on an equality; and being on an equality, must be equal.

    Parmenides Plato
  • I exceeded my intentions in that I carried off two prisoners instead of one.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for exceeded


to be superior to (a person or thing), esp in size or quality; excel
(transitive) to go beyond the limit or bounds of: to exceed one's income, exceed a speed limit
to be greater in degree or quantity than (a person or thing)
Derived Forms
exceedable, adjective
exceeder, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin excēdere to go beyond, from cēdere to go
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Word Origin and History for exceeded



late 14c., from Old French exceder (14c.) "exceed, surpass, go too far," from Latin excedere "depart, go beyond, be in excess, surpass," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + cedere "go, yield" (see cede).

Related: Exceeded; exceeding. Exceedingly (late 15c.) means "very greatly or very much;" excessively (mid-15c.) means "too greatly or too much."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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