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[tran-send] /trænˈsɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to rise above or go beyond; overpass; exceed:
to transcend the limits of thought; kindness transcends courtesy.
to outdo or exceed in excellence, elevation, extent, degree, etc.; surpass; excel.
Theology. (of the Deity) to be above and independent of (the universe, time, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to be transcendent or superior; excel:
His competitiveness made him want to transcend.
Origin of transcend
1300-50; Middle English < Latin trānscendere to surmount, equivalent to trāns- trans- + -scendere, combining form of scandere to climb
Related forms
transcendingly, adverb
untranscended, adjective
2. outstrip. Unabridged
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  • Often, the ritual has grown to transcend the beverage.
  • Large-scale cooperation didn't become possible until the development of religious beliefs, which allowed trust to transcend kin.
  • There are personal reasons for this imperative that transcend all professional satisfaction or arrogance.
  • They teach us to transcend the false supremacy of one's own ego.
  • Furthermore, if gravity does transcend other dimensions, then perhaps it is interacting with matter in them.
  • He made this rather metaphysical argument mathematical by pinpointing what has to transcend.
  • His aspect was scarred from his attempts to transcend himself, and so he donned a mask.
  • Thus he bestows a kind of immortality on songs never intended to transcend their provenance.
  • The problem of how to live in this land, as it actually is, has outfaced all attempts to escape or transcend it.
  • The best toys transcend, their survival a testament to their purpose and power.
British Dictionary definitions for transcend


to go above or beyond (a limit, expectation, etc), as in degree or excellence
(transitive) to be superior to
(philosophy, theol) (esp of the Deity) to exist beyond (the material world)
Derived Forms
transcendingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin trānscendere to climb over, from trans- + scandere to climb
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Word Origin and History for transcend

mid-14c., from Latin transcendere "climb over or beyond, surmount," from trans- "beyond" (see trans-) + scandere "to climb" (see scan (v.)). Related: Transcended; transcending.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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