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excel

[ik-sel]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English excellen < Latin excellere, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -cellere to rise high, tower (akin to celsus high)

unexcelled, adjective
unexcelling, adjective


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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excel (ɪkˈsɛl)
 
vb , -cels, -celling, -celled
1.  to be superior to (another or others); surpass
2.  (intr; foll by in or at) to be outstandingly good or proficient: he excels at tennis
 
[C15: from Latin excellere to rise up]

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