- 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.
- to be greater, as in quantity or degree.
- to surpass others; excel or be superior.
Origin of exceed
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Related Wordstop, eclipse, outstrip, outpace, transcend, overtake, better, distance, beat, cap, excel, overstep, outshine, pass, surmount, outdo, outrun, best, overtax, outreach
Examples from the Web for exceeded
The one passed after 9/11 specifically talks about the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks and ISIS has exceeded that definition.Republican Hawks Already Have a War Plan for ISIS, Ukraine, and Obama
November 6, 2014
But, his stay in Bhutan has exceeded a decade now, making him more of a local than a foreigner.Can Traditional Bhutan Survive Tourism?
August 17, 2014
When I actually met her, she exceeded even my highest expectations.Libyan Activist Pays Tribute To Slain Spiritual Sister
June 27, 2014
They have exceeded their numbers: 236 diverse candidates and more than 400 women.T.W. Shannon Is a Sign of Things to Come in the GOP
June 26, 2014
Rand Paul wants us to focus calmly on the issue of whether governmental authority has exceeded its legitimate scope.Cliven Bundy Is Angry—Just Like the Rest of Us
April 19, 2014
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
I exceeded my intentions in that I carried off two prisoners instead of one.The Sea-Hawk
- to be superior to (a person or thing), esp in size or quality; excel
- (tr) to go beyond the limit or bounds ofto exceed one's income; exceed a speed limit
- to be greater in degree or quantity than (a person or thing)
Word Origin and History for exceeded
Related: Exceeded; exceeding. Exceedingly (late 15c.) means "very greatly or very much;" excessively (mid-15c.) means "too greatly or too much."