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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.
  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.

Origin of transcend

1300–50; Middle English < Latin trānscendere to surmount, equivalent to trāns- trans- + -scendere, combining form of scandere to climb
Related formstran·scend·ing·ly, adverbun·tran·scend·ed, adjective

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Historical Examples of transcending

  • It is transcending limits of security of immediate response.

  • But if they were so to do they would be transcending their business as scientists.

    Bygone Beliefs

    H. Stanley Redgrove

  • Transcending mere perfection, the name was a stroke of genius.

    Hi Jolly!

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

  • Who could tell how big and tender and transcending it might become?

  • That it would be transcending and tender and big was certain.

British Dictionary definitions for transcending


  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)
Derived Formstranscendingly, adverb

Word Origin for transcend

C14: from Latin trānscendere to climb over, from trans- + scandere to climb
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Word Origin and History for transcending



mid-14c., from Latin transcendere "climb over or beyond, surmount," from trans- "beyond" (see trans-) + scandere "to climb" (see scan (v.)). Related: Transcended; transcending.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper