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

exceedable, adjective
exceeder, noun
superexceed, verb (used without object)
unexceedable, adjective
unexceeded, adjective

accede, concede, exceed.

2. overstep, transcend. 3. outdo, outstrip, beat, cap, top.
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exceed (ɪkˈsiːd)
1.  to be superior to (a person or thing), esp in size or quality; excel
2.  (tr) to go beyond the limit or bounds of: to exceed one's income; exceed a speed limit
3.  to be greater in degree or quantity than (a person or thing)
[C14: from Latin excēdere to go beyond, from cēdere to go]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. exceder, from L. excedere "depart, go beyond," from ex- "out" + 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."
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Example sentences
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.
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