verb (used without object), ex·celled, ex·cel·ling.
verb (used with object), ex·celled, ex·cel·ling.
- excelsior springs
Origin of excel
Examples from the Web for excel
Life seemed to have little meaning; a need to excel was almost gone.How His West Point Football Experience Inspired Eisenhower|Nicolaus Mills|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Can it be exported to Excel, or a comma-separated file, for instance?
In her own way, Woodley is inspiring young women to succeed and excel.Lana Del Rey and the Fault in Our ‘Feminist’ Stars|Amy Zimmerman|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of her deputy chiefs of staff keeps track of the tracker, an Excel spreadsheet, she says.
It made my journey a longer one, but I really wanted to excel in the theater.Meet the Red Viper: Pedro Pascal on Game of Thrones’ Kinky, Bisexual Hellraiser|Marlow Stern|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The children then endeavor to excel each other in writing down the names of the objects which they have seen.Memory|William Walker Atkinson
My vanity was cruelly mortified after all my efforts to excel.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie|George Brenton Laurie
He was26 an apt student and always recited well, with a great ambition to excel in everything.The Home Life of Poe|Susan Archer Weiss
His pianos were universally regarded as the best in the market, and his competitors were unable to excel him.Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made|James D. McCabe, Jr.
When scenes of strong passion are wanted, the Germans, I think, excel their French rivals.Confessions of an Opera Singer|Kathleen Howard
verb -cels, -celling or -celled
Word Origin for excel
c.1400, from Latin excellere "to rise, surpass, be eminent," from ex- "out from" (see ex-) + -cellere "rise high, tower," related to celsus "high, lofty, great," from PIE root *kel- "to rise, be elevated" (see hill). Related: Excelled; excelling.