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[tran-send] /trænˈsɛnd/
verb (used with object)
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.).
verb (used without object)
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
Related forms
transcendingly, adverb
untranscended, adjective
2. outstrip. Unabridged
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  • In that Land Beyond the Law the rule of might transcended any rule of action printed in the statute-books.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • But clearly he has not transcended ours, he has simply left it out.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • It is not an element which bears any significance to that part of the nature which has transcended time and place.

    The Life Radiant Lilian Whiting
  • They are a people by themselves, distrustful of other peoples; they too must be transcended.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • It has been a plea of Irving and others that Aguado, elated by a transient authority, transcended the intentions of the monarchs.

British Dictionary definitions for transcended


to go above or beyond (a limit, expectation, etc), as in degree or excellence
(transitive) to be superior to
(philosophy, theol) (esp of the Deity) to exist beyond (the material world)
Derived Forms
transcendingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin trānscendere to climb over, from trans- + scandere to climb
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Word Origin and History for transcended



mid-14c., from Latin transcendere "climb over or beyond, surmount," from trans- "beyond" (see trans-) + scandere "to climb" (see scan (v.)). Related: Transcended; transcending.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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