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excel

[ik-sel] /ɪkˈsɛl/
verb (used without object), excelled, excelling.
1.
to surpass others or be superior in some respect or area; do extremely well:
to excel in math.
verb (used with object), excelled, excelling.
2.
to surpass; be superior to; outdo:
He excels all other poets of his day.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English excellen < Latin excellere, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -cellere to rise high, tower (akin to celsus high)
Related forms
unexcelled, adjective
unexcelling, adjective
Synonyms
2. outstrip, eclipse, transcend, exceed, top, beat. Excel, outdo, surpass imply being better than others or being superior in achievement. To excel is to be superior in some quality, attainment, or performance: to excel opponents at playing chess. To outdo is to make more successful effort than others: to outdo competitors in the high jump. To surpass is to go beyond others, especially in a contest as to quality or ability: to surpass one's classmates in knowledge of corporation law.
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  • In the last species of composition he particularly excelled.
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  • Those who faltered were often demoralized before the event, while those who excelled were optimistic.
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  • He excelled at hagiography and left psychological penetration mostly in the eye of the beholder.
  • Harry had a bookish appearance but excelled at tennis, football, gymnastics and other sports.
  • He took each of his roles seriously and excelled at every one.
British Dictionary definitions for excelled

excel

/ɪkˈsɛl/
verb -cels, -celling, -celled
1.
to be superior to (another or others); surpass
2.
(intransitive; foll by in or at) to be outstandingly good or proficient: he excels at tennis
Word Origin
C15: from Latin excellere to rise up
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Word Origin and History for excelled

excel

v.

c.1400, from Latin excellere "to rise, surpass, be eminent," from ex- "out from" (see ex-) + -cellere "rise high, tower," related to celsus "high, lofty, great," from PIE root *kel- "to rise, be elevated" (see hill). Related: Excelled; excelling.

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