• WordNet 3.6
    • v exceed be or do something to a greater degree "her performance surpasses that of any other student I know","She outdoes all other athletes","This exceeds all my expectations","This car outperforms all others in its class"
    • v exceed be superior or better than some standard "She exceeded our expectations","She topped her performance of last year"
    • v exceed be greater in scope or size than some standard "Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The speed of sound must be exceeded to produce a sonic boom.
    • Exceed To be more or greater; to be paramount.
    • v. t Exceed To go beyond; to proceed beyond the given or supposed limit or measure of; to outgo; to surpass; -- used both in a good and a bad sense; as, one man exceeds another in bulk, stature, weight, power, skill, etc.; one offender exceeds another in villainy; his rank exceeds yours. "Name the time, but let it not Exceed three days.""Observes how much a chintz exceeds mohair."
    • Exceed To go too far; to pass the proper bounds or measure. "In our reverence to whom, we can not possibly exceed .""Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Only 3 words in the English language end in "ceed": "proceed," "exceed," and "succeed."
    • exceed To pass or go beyond; proceed beyond the given or supposed limit, measure, or quantity of: as, the task exceeds his strength; he has exceeded his authority.
    • exceed To surpass; be superior to; excel.
    • exceed Synonyms To transcend, outdo, outvie, outstrip.
    • exceed To go too far; pass the proper bounds; go over any given limit, number, or measure: as, to exceed in eating or drinking.
    • exceed To bear the greater proportion; be more or larger; predominate.
    • exceed To excel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hawaii is the only state in the United States where male life expectancy exceeds 70 years. Hawaii also leads all states in life expectancy in general, with an average of 73.6 years for both males and females.
    • v.t Exceed ek-sēd′ to go beyond the limit or measure of: to surpass or excel
    • v.i Exceed to go beyond a given or proper limit
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  • Confucius
    “The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.”
  • Robert Browning
    “Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?”
  • Thomas C. Haliburton
    Thomas C. Haliburton
    “No one is rich whose expenditures exceed his means, and no one is poor whose incomings exceed his outgoings.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Rarely do the followers exceed the expectations of the leaders.”
  • Robert Browning
    “A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's heaven for?”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “One recipe for a longer life; Never exceed the speed limit.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. excedere, excessum, to go away or beyond; ex, out + cedere, to go, to pass: cf. F. excéder,. See Cede


In literature:

Ten minutes had ended in an exceedingly heated triumph.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
We were exceedingly anxious to know the issue of the Chilian expedition.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
These garments were exceedingly rich with gold and silver embroidery.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
Doubtless, the population of Michigan now (Jan. 1836) exceeds one hundred thousand.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
Nothing could exceed the joy and satisfaction of the four friends.
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
The manners and customs of the people who inhabited this pretty spot at that time were exceedingly primitive.
"Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville" by Mary Somerville
There being but thirty-two cards to deal with, the number of players must not exceed three, or perhaps four.
"Round Games with Cards" by W. H. Peel
The mode of yoking the beasts was exceedingly simple.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
He read to her often, and read exceedingly well.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
The conductors usually speak French, German, and English, and are exceedingly attentive to the comfort of the passengers.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne

In poetry:

To me was that smile,
Faint as a wan, worn myth,
Faint and exceeding small,
On a boy's murdered mouth.
"Has Your Soul Sipped?" by Wilfred Owen
"His love all love exceeding
The heart must needs recall,
Its self-surrendering freedom,
Its loss that gaineth all.
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Thy righteousness is deep and high,
Unsearchable thy deeds;
Thy glory spreads beyond the sky,
And all my praise exceeds.
"Psalm 71 part 3" by Isaac Watts
The heavenly majesty, whose face
Doth far exceed the sun,
Will there cast forth its rays of grace
After this world is done.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
We give thee, Lord, our highest praise,
The tribute of our tongues;
But themes so infinite as these
Exceed our noblest songs.
"Hymn 21" by Isaac Watts
Let all your sacred passions move,
While you rehearse his deeds;
But the great work of saving love
Your highest praise exceeds.
"Psalm 150" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Angel's Outbound Solution to Reach and Exceed Customer Expectations.
Bitterman's "Lot 18" exceeded Rexroth's expectations.
Panasonic of North America has disclosed that in the new fiscal quarter that began on April 1, sales of its plasma and LCD flat panel sets are projected to exceed sales of its direct-view CRT sets for the first time.
If you repeatedly exceed your monthly minutes on your mobile phone contract, it may be time for a mobile phone plan upgrade, Hamm writes.
A beginner has a question about coupon overage , which is when the value of a coupon exceeds the cost of the item you're trying to purchase.
If retailers get reimbursed for the face value of a coupon, why do some reduce the coupon's value when it exceeds the cost of the item.
Obama Campaign To Exceed $1B In Fundraising.
National Pancake Day 2011 raised over $2,500,000 nationwide benefitting local charities and we are looking forward to exceeding that goal in 2012.
Television in 2011-12 brought more than its fair share of pleasant and unpleasant surprises, including new shows that exceeded critical and/or popular expectations, and shows that fared quite a bit less well.
Yearly Costs of Chronic Pain Exceed Those of Cancer, Heart Disease, and Diabetes.
As of late yesterday, the 63rd NBAA convention easily exceeded expectations, with 23,831 visitors logged, surpassing the total of the entire 2009 show.
The 6-foot-1-inch boy exceeds the 135-pound limit for seventh-graders, and he got the bad news last Sunday when the league held its official weigh-in.
Gradient, an environmental and risk science consulting firm, has released new data that shows metal exposure levels from use of laundered shop towels may exceed the permissible levels allowed in drinking water.
Remote monitoring market exceeds $29 billion in 2011.
On August 10th INDEC, the national statistics agency, declared that a family of four should be considered above the poverty line if its monthly food bill exceeded 688 pesos , equal to about six pesos per person per day.

In science:

The number of subbands does not exceed the period of the chain.
Thermodynamic properties of the periodic nonuniform spin-1/2 isotropic XY chains in a transverse field
Typical HSB galaxies exceed this critical surface density and form stars throughout most of their stellar disks.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
The random field is assumed to be weak in the sense that L much exceeds the wave length λ ≡ ¯h/p, p being the particle momentum.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
We assume that ν does not exceed √N so that, to a good approximation, n = N/2 for large N .
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Let S be a hyperbolic surface of finite volume, and define NS (L) to be the number of simple (that is, without self-intersections) closed geodesics on S whose length does not exceed L.
A norm on homology of surfaces and counting simple geodesics