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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

EXCEE'D, v.t. [L. excedo; ex and cedo, to pass.
1. To pass or go beyond; to proceed beyond any given or supposed limit, measure or quantity, or beyond any thing else; used equally in a physical or moral sense. One piece of cloth exceeds the customary length or breadth; one man exceeds another in bulk, stature or weight; one offender exceeds another in villainy.
2. To surpass; to excel. Homer exceeded all men in epic poetry. Demosthenes and Cicero exceeded their contemporaries in oratory.
King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom. l Kings.10.
EXCEE'D, v.i. To go too far; to pass the proper bounds; to go over any given limit, number or measure.
Forty stripes may he give him, and not exceed. Deutoronomy 25.
1. To bear the greater proportion; to be more or larger.
[This verb is intransitive only by ellipsis.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: be greater in scope or size than some standard; "Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds" [syn: exceed, transcend, surpass]
2: be superior or better than some standard; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year" [syn: exceed, transcend, overstep, pass, go past, top]
3: be or do something to a greater degree; "her performance surpasses that of any other student I know"; "She outdoes all other athletes"; "This exceeds all my expectations"; "This car outperforms all others in its class" [syn: surpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, surmount, outperform]

Merriam Webster's

verb Etymology: Middle English exceden, from Middle French exceder, from Latin excedere, from ex- + cedere to go Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to extend outside of <the river will exceed its banks> 2. to be greater than or superior to 3. to go beyond a limit set by <exceeded his authority> intransitive verb 1. obsolete overdo 2. predominate Synonyms: exceed, surpass, transcend, excel, outdo, outstrip mean to go or be beyond a stated or implied limit, measure, or degree. exceed implies going beyond a limit set by authority or established by custom or by prior achievement <exceed the speed limit>. surpass suggests superiority in quality, merit, or skill <the book surpassed our expectations>. transcend implies a rising or extending notably above or beyond ordinary limits <transcended the values of their culture>. excel implies preeminence in achievement or quality and may suggest superiority to all others <excels in mathematics>. outdo applies to a bettering or exceeding what has been done before <outdid herself this time>. outstrip suggests surpassing in a race or competition <outstripped other firms in sales>.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. 1 (often foll. by by an amount) be more or greater than (in number, extent, etc.). 2 go beyond or do more than is warranted by (a set limit, esp. of one's instructions or rights). 3 surpass, excel (a person or achievement). Etymology: ME f. OF exceder f. L excedere (as EX-(1), cedere cess- go)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Exceed Ex*ceed", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exceeded; p. pr. & vb. n. Exceeding.] [L. excedere, excessum, to go away or beyond; ex out + cedere to go, to pass: cf. F. exc['e]der. See Cede.] To go beyond; to proceed beyond the given or supposed limit or measure of; to outgo; to surpass; -- used both in a good and a bad sense; as, one man exceeds another in bulk, stature, weight, power, skill, etc.; one offender exceeds another in villainy; his rank exceeds yours. Name the time, but let it not Exceed three days. --Shak. Observes how much a chintz exceeds mohair. --Pope. Syn: To outdo; surpass; excel; transcend; outstrip; outvie; overtop.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Exceed Ex*ceed", v. i. 1. To go too far; to pass the proper bounds or measure. ``In our reverence to whom, we can not possibly exceed.'' --Jer. Taylor. Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed. --Deut. xxv. 3. 2. To be more or greater; to be paramount. --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(exceeds, exceeding, exceeded) 1. If something exceeds a particular amount or number, it is greater or larger than that amount or number. (FORMAL) Its research budget exceeds $700 million a year... His performance exceeded all expectations. VERB: V n, V n 2. If you exceed a limit or rule, you go beyond it, even though you are not supposed to or it is against the law. (FORMAL) He accepts he was exceeding the speed limit... VERB: V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Transcend, surpass, cap, go beyond. 2. Excel, outdo, outstrip, outvie, surpass, be superior to. II. v. n. 1. Go too far, overstep the proper limit. 2. Be the greater, bear the greater proportion, predominate, preponderate.

Moby Thesaurus

beat, best, better, bulk, bulk large, cap, dare, eclipse, exaggerate, excel, go beyond, go one better, improve on, loom, loom large, outdistance, outdo, outpace, outrank, outreach, outrun, outshine, outsoar, outstep, outstrip, outweigh, overbalance, overbear, overcome, overdo, overextend, overgo, overjump, overleap, overpass, overreach, overrun, overshadow, overshoot, overshoot the field, overshoot the mark, overstep, overstride, overtake, overtop, overwhelm, pass, perfect, predominate, preponderate, presume, prevail, rear, rise above, soar, stand out, superabound, surpass, top, tower, tower above, tower over, transcend, trump, venture


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