• WordNet 3.6
    • v transcend be superior or better than some standard "She exceeded our expectations","She topped her performance of last year"
    • v transcend be greater in scope or size than some standard "Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Transcend To be transcendent; to excel.
    • Transcend To climb; to mount.
    • Transcend To pass over; to go beyond; to exceed. "Such popes as shall transcend their limits."
    • Transcend To rise above; to surmount; as, lights in the heavens transcending the region of the clouds.
    • Transcend To surpass; to outgo; to excel; to exceed. "How much her worth transcended all her kind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • transcend To climb over or up; ascend; mount; reach or extend upward to.
    • transcend To pass over; go beyond; overpass; overstep.
    • transcend To surpass; outdo; excel; exceed.
    • transcend To cause to climb or pass; lift; elevate.
    • transcend Synonyms To overstep.
    • transcend To outstrip, outdo.
    • transcend To climb; mount; pass upward or onward.
    • transcend To be transcendent; excel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Transcend tran-send′ to rise above: to surmount: to surpass: to exceed
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  • Erwin W. Lutzer
    Erwin W. Lutzer
    “Christianity demands a level of caring that transcends human inclinations.”
  • Northrop Frye
    “It is of the essence of imaginative culture that it transcends the limits both of the naturally possible and of the morally acceptable.”
  • Ovid
    “I am above being injured by fortune, though she steals away much, more will remain with me. The blessing I now enjoy transcend fear.”
  • Herbert A. Otto
    Herbert A. Otto
    “To be come fully alive a person must have goals and aims that transcend himself.”
  • Friedrich Schlegel
    “It is peculiar to mankind to transcend mankind.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “No one can transcend their own individuality.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. transcendere, transcensum,; trans, beyond, over + scandere, to climb. See Scan
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. trans, beyond, scandĕre, to climb.


In literature:

They were a transcendent manifestation of all that is most elevated, which art can produce.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
This life is eminently and transcendently in him, and exclusively of all others.
"Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life" by John Brown (of Wamphray)
Thy remaining attributes transcend my powers of comprehension!
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
The idea of life as transcending any individual embodiment is as germane to science as it is to faith.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
But all these gifts transcended be: His happier fortune in this mound you see.
"Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War" by Herman Melville
Whatever He or It be, is something that transcends our imagination.
"The Meaning of Good--A Dialogue" by G. Lowes Dickinson
Perhaps that equity, half seen and set at defiance, which transcends human justice.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
But we are not inferring, we have the record with us, when we think of the joy of the mothers transcended in the joy of the children.
"Our Lady Saint Mary" by J. G. H. Barry
They were transcendantly adroit and they reeked of talent.
"The Pretty Lady" by Arnold E. Bennett
The obligation of the public faith transcends all questions of profit or public advantage otherwise.
"Messages and Papers of Rutherford B. Hayes" by James D. Richardson

In poetry:

Transcendent triumph in return
No longer lit his brain;
Transcendence rayed the distant urn
Where slept the fallen twain.
"The Casterbridge Captains" by Thomas Hardy
God my Father, God my Friend,
Whose love doth all my thoughts transcend,
Without beginning, without end,
Lord! Thou knowest;
"Thou Knowest" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Beauty that eludes our grasp,
Sweetness that transcends our taste,
Loving hands we may not clasp,
Shining feet that mock our haste;
"The Vanishers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Thy prayer, my son, transcends my gift;
No power is mine," the sage replied,
"The burden of a soul to lift
Or stain of sin to hide.
"Between The Gates" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Forgive my human words, O Father!
I go Thy larger truth to prove;
Thy mercy shall transcend my longing
I seek but love, and Thou art Love!
"What The Traveller Said At Sunset" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Come then, in thought, if that alone may be,
O friend! and bring with thee
Thy calm assurance of transcendent Spheres
And the Eternal Years!
"The Last Eve Of Summer" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Has UFC Found Its Transcendent Star.
Individuals, Art Need Transcendent Values, Pope Says.
A transcendent , transitional figure.
Ainge not expecting ' transcendent ' player.
Marc Sanchez/Icon SMIThe UFC is banking on Urijah Faber's rivalry with Dominick Cruz to transcend the lighter-weight classes.
Spectrum transcended its unremarkable structure.
Mary Lavin, whose short stories and novels about the conflicts in the hearts of her fellow Irish men and women transcended mere tales of life in Ireland, died on Monday at a nursing home here.
THE theater of XXY Dance/ Music might have been described best as multimedia in other times, when the point of incorporating several art forms was usually to create a smoothly-transcendent blend.
Pinball impact transcends yardage record.
Transcending Dementia Throuth The TTAP Method
Where Great Art Transcends Disability.
Barking Legs improv gatherings transcend genre.
New book chronicles transcendent 1968 baseball season and volatile political climate.
It transformed from a good studio to a transcendent one.
The Red Bull Stratos, the 120,000ft skydive from the edge of space, was a mission that transcended human limits.

In science:

Painlev´e transcendent evaluation of the scaled distribution of the smallest eigenvalue in the Laguerre orthogonal and symplectic ensembles. nlin.
Random walks and random fixed-point free involutions
All the fields K (Yn) have transcendence degree 1 over C.
On Zariski decomposition problem
If that’s the case, why did we introduce the second quantum automaton A? This because Albert has demonstrated that quantum automaton A can transcend the restriction (11) in a certain sense.
The G\"odelizing Quantum-Mechanical Automata
Proof. — The ratios of sections sl ∈ H 0(X, F n ) generate a field of transcendence degree k (for some n ≥ 1).
Special elliptic fibrations
We do, however, try to indicate in what respects these requirements transcend this specific application and are desirable for generation systems in general.
A Flexible Pragmatics-driven Language Generator for Animated Agents