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.

1300–50; Middle English < Latin trānscendere to surmount, equivalent to trāns- trans- + -scendere, combining form of scandere to climb

transcendingly, adverb
untranscended, adjective

2. outstrip. Unabridged
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transcend (trænˈsɛnd)
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)
[C14: from Latin trānscendere to climb over, from trans- + scandere to climb]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from L. transcendere "climb over or beyond, surmount," from trans- "beyond" + scandere "to climb" (see scan (v.)).
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Example sentences
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.
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