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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 exceeds
  • The vast number of invasive birds, mammals and trees far exceeds any damage a few pythons could ever do.
  • In fact, the region's value to the nation as a tourist destination likely exceeds that of its rice production.
  • However, when consumption of these resources exceeds the rate at which they are replenished, the resource may be exhausted.
  • The pace at which they are declining exceeds even that of species extinction.
  • With this exception, there is nothing that exceeds the licence of romantic character comedy.
  • When an invited speaker exceeds his time it is extremely discourteous to call for the orders of the day.
  • Often the punishment far exceeds the potential wrong.
  • Their revenue exceeds cost, but they provide top-quality services to students.
  • So they drop out when the required effort exceeds what their ambitions and interest will allow.
  • Profit is the residual that results if the value of the services created exceeds the cost of the resources utilized.
British Dictionary definitions for exceeds


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 exceeds



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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