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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.
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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  • 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.
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  • Human sleep could develop as far beyond typical mammalian sleep as human thought transcends the platypus'.
  • Bees and honey have woven a path through history that dissolves borders and time, transcends cultures and religion.
  • It allows us to objectify and quantify our experiences in a way that transcends language.
  • Truth is a universal value that transcends and subsumes events in space and time.
British Dictionary definitions for transcends


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 transcends



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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