[ ik-see-ding ]
/ ɪkˈsi dɪŋ /


extraordinary; exceptional.


Archaic. exceedingly.

Origin of exceeding

First recorded in 1485–95; exceed + -ing2

Definition for exceeding (2 of 2)


[ 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

Can be confused

accede concede exceed
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British Dictionary definitions for exceeding (1 of 2)


/ (ɪkˈsiːdɪŋ) /


very great; exceptional or excessive


an archaic word for exceedingly

British Dictionary definitions for exceeding (2 of 2)


/ (ɪkˈsiːd) /


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)

Derived Forms

exceedable, adjectiveexceeder, noun

Word Origin for exceed

C14: from Latin excēdere to go beyond, from cēdere to go
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