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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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  • transcending mere perfection, the name was a stroke of genius.

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  • But if they were so to do they would be transcending their business as scientists.

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  • Beautiful has the further limit of not transcending our powers of appreciation.

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  • That it would be transcending and tender and big was certain.

  • But deep in his mind he felt a curious satisfaction, transcending any fear and bitterness.

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British Dictionary definitions for transcending


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 transcending



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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