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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.
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 exceeded
  • The names of several infants are known whose heads have not exceeded in size an ordinary billiard ball.
  • One is said to have exceeded the bounds of his subject, the other not to have reached them.
  • In that respect, fully obeying his own genius, he has gone beyond and sometimes exceeded the genius of language.
  • All told, he added, the monetary damage done by the earthquake exceeded the total value of the coal extracted in the area.
  • Although there were opposing views, the books sold reasonably well and exceeded the publisher's initial expectations.
  • Yet often evaporation exceeded inflow and the entire area was dry.
  • Tourism has overtaken fishing as the state's second-largest industry, exceeded only by oil and gas.
  • Notices are occasionally posted on busy summer days advising visitors that ozone has exceeded safe levels.
  • Despite demanding conditions, results exceeded all expectations.
  • Companies that exceeded their cap would have to pay.
British Dictionary definitions for exceeded


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 exceeded



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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