exceeding

[ik-see-ding]

adjective

extraordinary; exceptional.

adverb

Archaic. exceedingly.

Origin of exceeding

First recorded in 1485–95; exceed + -ing2

exceed

[ik-seed]

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 formsex·ceed·a·ble, adjectiveex·ceed·er, nounsu·per·ex·ceed, verb (used without object)un·ex·ceed·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·ceed·ed, adjective
Can be confusedaccede concede exceed

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exceeding

adjective

very great; exceptional or excessive

adverb

an archaic word for exceedingly

exceed

verb

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 Formsexceedable, adjectiveexceeder, noun

Word Origin for exceed

C14: from Latin excēdere to go beyond, from cēdere to go
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Word Origin and History for exceeding

exceed

v.

late 14c., from Old French exceder (14c.) "exceed, surpass, go too far," from Latin excedere "depart, go beyond, be in excess, surpass," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + cedere "go, yield" (see cede).

Related: Exceeded; exceeding. Exceedingly (late 15c.) means "very greatly or very much;" excessively (mid-15c.) means "too greatly or too much."

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