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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Quip had followed quip until in their jests they transcended all bounds.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • At that point he had transcended the mind of the petty reformer completely.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • But clearly he has not transcended ours, he has simply left it out.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • They are a people by themselves, distrustful of other peoples; they too must be transcended.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • Matter is the vehicle of mind, but it is dominated and transcended by it.

    Life and Matter Oliver Lodge
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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