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[tran-send] /trænˈsɛnd/
verb (used with object)
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.).
verb (used without object)
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 forms
transcendingly, adverb
untranscended, adjective
2. outstrip. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for transcending
  • Each notebook spans about four months, transcending minutiae to record the life of our times as well as her own.
  • Academic communities are transcending national borders.
  • Today he still stands out as a unique spiritual figure, transcending the frontiers of great religions.
  • The politics of the next few years will be shaped by managing anger rather than transcending it.
  • The majority was eight to one, transcending the court's usual partisan split.
  • The debate will be over priorities, transcending the longstanding debate between idealism and realism.
  • Citizens gain unprecedented mobility, transcending all geographical and national barriers.
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  • Ok, then why not talk about it in terms of transcending the zero dimensional point particles and removing infinities.
  • Globalization, cultural as well as economic, has advanced beyond transcending former centers to discountenancing them.
British Dictionary definitions for transcending


to go above or beyond (a limit, expectation, etc), as in degree or excellence
(transitive) to be superior to
(philosophy, theol) (esp of the Deity) to exist beyond (the material world)
Derived Forms
transcendingly, adverb
Word Origin
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
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