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[ tran-send ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to rise above or go beyond; overpass; exceed:

    to transcend the limits of thought; kindness transcends courtesy.

  2. to outdo or exceed in excellence, elevation, extent, degree, etc.; surpass; excel.

    Synonyms: outstrip

  3. Theology. (of the Deity) to be above and independent of (the universe, time, etc.).

verb (used without object)

  1. to be transcendent or superior; excel:

    His competitiveness made him want to transcend.


/ trænˈsɛnd /


  1. to go above or beyond (a limit, expectation, etc), as in degree or excellence
  2. tr to be superior to
  3. philosophy theol (esp of the Deity) to exist beyond (the material world)
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Derived Forms

  • transˈcendingly, adverb
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Other Words From

  • tran·scending·ly adverb
  • untran·scended adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of transcend1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Latin trānscendere “to surmount,” from trāns- trans- + -scendere (combining form of scandere “to climb”)
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Word History and Origins

Origin of transcend1

C14: from Latin trānscendere to climb over, from trans- + scandere to climb
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Example Sentences

Its appeal transcended demographic lines, luring listeners from their first look at the cover art.

There are some folks who think that I’m arguing that human brains are magical entities that transcend the laws of mechanics.

Such sentiments transcend nation-state boundaries and are producing the current, powerful anti-racism movement.

There are reasons for the long-term increase in financial fraud that transcend any particular administration.

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The next generation includes a massive coalition of childcare supporters who transcend political affiliation, race, gender, and income.

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Republicans have a rare opportunity to implement policies that are truly compassionate and transcend toxic identity politics.

"As Texans, the bonds we share transcend our differences," Abbott said.

So when they get the technique to transcend, this huge pressure gets released.

The work “symbolizes the human urge to transcend and progress.”

The creative solution is how we actually transform and transcend our limitations.

Is it possible for a human being to transcend so mighty a sacrifice, and all by the power of faith?

Nor did this, if once the premises were granted, appear to transcend the real powers of mankind.

The more serious any interpretation is, the more necessary is it that manifestation transcend representation.

Conditions must transcend both motions and attitudes, and attitudes must always predominate over motions.

To palliate on such grounds is to believe in the irresponsibility of motives, which should transcend times and occasions.


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