[ 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 confusedaccede concede exceed
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British Dictionary definitions for super-exceed


/ (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 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 super-exceed



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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