- to rise above or go beyond; overpass; exceed: to transcend the limits of thought; kindness transcends courtesy.
- to outdo or exceed in excellence, elevation, extent, degree, etc.; surpass; excel.
- Theology. (of the Deity) to be above and independent of (the universe, time, etc.).
- to be transcendent or superior; excel: His competitiveness made him want to transcend.
Origin of transcend
1300–50; Middle English < Latin trānscendere to surmount, equivalent to trāns- trans- + -scendere, combining form of scandere to climb
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Examples from the Web for transcend
Republicans have a rare opportunity to implement policies that are truly compassionate and transcend toxic identity politics.How a GOP Senate Can Help the Poor
Veronique de Rugy
November 23, 2014
So when they get the technique to transcend, this huge pressure gets released.David Lynch on Transcendental Meditation, ‘Twin Peaks,’ and Collaborating With Kanye West
October 6, 2014
The work “symbolizes the human urge to transcend and progress.”This Artist Reproduced van Gogh’s Ear…and It’s Alive!
June 4, 2014
The creative solution is how we actually transform and transcend our limitations.On Transhumanism and Why Technology Is Our Silicon Nervous System
April 26, 2014
Rand Paul delivered a speech that may yet transcend party and generation.Demographics Or Destiny in 2016
March 10, 2014
Yet in no instance did he transcend the ordinary usages of Indian warfare.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Had he come at last to transcend her idea with some even greater purpose?The Coast of Chance
Some of these experiences, such as how to handle fire, transcend nourishment.
The practice of signs entails the possibility to transcend the present.
At first, then, a child can not transcend himself or his experiences.Here and Now Story Book
Lucy Sprague Mitchell
- to go above or beyond (a limit, expectation, etc), as in degree or excellence
- (tr) to be superior to
- philosophy theol (esp of the Deity) to exist beyond (the material world)
C14: from Latin trānscendere to climb over, from trans- + scandere to climb
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Word Origin and History for transcend
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