- to rise above or go beyond; overpass; exceed: to transcend the limits of thought; kindness transcends courtesy.
- to outdo or exceed in excellence, elevation, extent, degree, etc.; surpass; excel.
- Theology. (of the Deity) to be above and independent of (the universe, time, etc.).
- 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
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Examples from the Web for transcending
Policy is about wielding power, while mercy is about transcending power by renouncing it.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
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“The music is now transcending all types of people,” says Ronnissey.This Charming Man: Meet 'Ronnissey,' Brooklyn's Fake Morrissey
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We talk about evil and whether humans are capable of transcending our limitations.With the Fireman of Brooklyn’s Company 224 as They Observe the Fallen
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September 12, 2013
Bush 41 was back at the White House on Monday, transcending partisan bitterness as he was honored by Obama.George H.W. Bush, Our Preppiest Ex-President, Honored at White House
July 16, 2013
Zionism was not about holding on to the sufferings of Europe—or the Middle East for that matter—but about transcending them.Never Forget, But Forget The Auschwitz Tattoos
October 5, 2012
It is transcending limits of security of immediate response.Essays in Experimental Logic
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!
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Who could tell how big and tender and transcending it might become?
That it would be transcending and tender and big was certain.
- to go above or beyond (a limit, expectation, etc), as in degree or excellence
- (tr) to be superior to
- philosophy theol (esp of the Deity) to exist beyond (the material world)
C14: from Latin trānscendere to climb over, from trans- + scandere to climb
Word Origin and History for transcending
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper