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.

1300–50; Middle English < Latin trānscendere to surmount, equivalent to trāns- trans- + -scendere, combining form of scandere to climb

transcendingly, adverb
untranscended, adjective

2. outstrip. Unabridged
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transcend (trænˈsɛnd)
1.  to go above or beyond (a limit, expectation, etc), as in degree or excellence
2.  (tr) to be superior to
3.  philosophy, theol (esp of the Deity) to exist beyond (the material world)
[C14: from Latin trānscendere to climb over, from trans- + scandere to climb]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from L. transcendere "climb over or beyond, surmount," from trans- "beyond" + scandere "to climb" (see scan (v.)).
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Example sentences
It is a cliche of the rock world that the experience transcends music alone.
Yet while the rage in some ways transcends politics, in important ways it is
  deeply rooted in contemporary conservatism.
But the environmental concept transcends mere design and affects every aspect
  of hospitality.
To me it transcends photo and carries a spiritual message.
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