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[ik-seed] /ɪkˈsid/
verb (used with object)
to go beyond in quantity, degree, rate, etc.:
to exceed the speed limit.
to go beyond the bounds or limits of:
to exceed one's understanding.
to surpass; be superior to; excel:
Her performance exceeded all the others.
verb (used without object)
to be greater, as in quantity or degree.
to surpass others; excel or be superior.
Origin of exceed
1325-75; Middle English exceden < Latin excēdere to go out or beyond. See ex-1, cede
Related forms
exceedable, adjective
exceeder, noun
superexceed, verb (used without object)
unexceedable, adjective
unexceeded, adjective
Can be confused
accede, concede, exceed.
2. overstep, transcend. 3. outdo, outstrip, beat, cap, top. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exceed
  • The cell has a set number of minutes which I rarely exceed.
  • Though there are both winners and losers, the winners' gains exceed the losers' losses.
  • Sometime early in the next century, the intelligence of machines will exceed that of humans.
  • In testing cables to assure they have not exceeded resistance limits, the most accurate way is with an ohmmeter.
  • Don't pay late or exceed the credit limit, or you could be socked with a hefty fee of up to $39 each time.
  • When demand exceeds supply, inflation rises.
  • In some cases, costs exceed the damages awarded.
  • These diets help us live longer lives, but no one can exceed the maximum human life span of 120 years.
  • The real problem arises when the rewards extracted vastly exceed the value created.
  • One might expect burger inflation to exceed overall inflation because food prices have risen faster than other prices.
British Dictionary definitions for exceed


to be superior to (a person or thing), esp in size or quality; excel
(transitive) to go beyond the limit or bounds of: to exceed one's income, exceed a speed limit
to be greater in degree or quantity than (a person or thing)
Derived Forms
exceedable, adjective
exceeder, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin excēdere to go beyond, from cēdere to go
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Word Origin and History for exceed

late 14c., from Old French exceder (14c.) "exceed, surpass, go too far," from Latin excedere "depart, go beyond, be in excess, surpass," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + cedere "go, yield" (see cede).

Related: Exceeded; exceeding. Exceedingly (late 15c.) means "very greatly or very much;" excessively (mid-15c.) means "too greatly or too much."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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exceed in Technology

A tool to display remote X Window System applications on Microsoft Windows. Exceed is not an X server.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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