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EXCEL', v.t. [L. excello, the root of which, cello, is not in use.
verb (excelled; excelling) Etymology: Middle English excellen, from Latin excellere, from ex- + -cellere to rise, project; akin to Latin collis hill — more at hill Date: 15th century
v. (excelled, excelling) (often foll. by in, at) 1 tr. be superior to. 2 intr. be pre-eminent or the most outstanding (excels at games). Phrases and idioms: excel oneself surpass one's previous performance. Etymology: ME f. L excellere (as EX-(1), celsus lofty)
Excel Ex*cel", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Excelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Excelling.] [L. excellere, excelsum; ex out + a root found in culmen height, top; cf. F. exceller. See Culminate, Column.] 1. To go beyond or surpass in good qualities or laudable deeds; to outdo or outgo, in a good sense. Excelling others, these were great; Thou, greater still, must these excel. --Prior. I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. --Eccl. ii. 13. 2. To exceed or go beyond; to surpass. She opened; but to shut Excelled her power; the gates wide open stood. --Milton.
Excel Ex*cel", v. i. To surpass others in good qualities, laudable actions, or acquirements; to be distinguished by superiority; as, to excel in mathematics, or classics. Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel. --Gen. xlix. 4. Then peers grew proud in horsemanship t' excel. --Pope.
(excels, excelling, excelled) If someone excels in something or excels at it, they are very good at doing it. Caine has always been an actor who excels in irony... Mary was a better rider than either of them and she excelled at outdoor sports... Academically he began to excel... I think Krishnan excelled himself in all departments of his game. VERB: V in n, V at n, V, V pron-refl
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