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Webster 1913 Edition


Exceed

Ex-ceed′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Exceeded
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Exceeding
.]
[L.
excedere
,
excessum
, to go away or beyond;
ex
out +
cedere
to go, to pass: cf. F.
excéder
. See
Cede
.]
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.
Shakespeare
Syn. – To outdo; surpass; excel; transcend; outstrip; outvie; overtop.

Ex-ceed′

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To go too far; to pass the proper bounds or measure.
“In our reverence to whom, we can not possibly exceed.”
Jer. Taylor.
Forty stripes he may give him, and not
exceed
.
Deut. xxv. 3.
2.
To be more or greater; to be paramount.
Shak.

Webster 1828 Edition


Exceed

EXCEE'D

,
Verb.
T.
[L. excedo; ex and cedo, to pass.
1.
To pass or go beyond; to proceed beyond any given or supposed limit, measure or quantity, or beyond any thing else; used equally in a physical or moral sense. One piece of cloth exceeds the customary length or breadth; one man exceeds another in bulk, stature or weight; one offender exceeds another in villainy.
2.
To surpass; to excel. Homer exceeded all men in epic poetry. Demosthenes and Cicero exceeded their contemporaries in oratory.
King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom. l Kings.10.

EXCEE'D

,
Verb.
I.
To go too far; to pass the proper bounds; to go over any given limit, number or measure.
Forty stripes may he give him, and not exceed. Deut.25.
1.
To bear the greater proportion; to be more or larger.
[This verb is intransitive only by ellipsis.]

Definition 2023


exceed

exceed

English

Alternative forms

Verb

exceed (third-person singular simple present exceeds, present participle exceeding, simple past and past participle exceeded)

  1. (transitive) To be larger, greater than (something).
    The company's 2005 revenue exceeds that of 2004.
  2. (transitive) To be better than (something).
    The quality of her essay has exceeded my expectations.
  3. (transitive) To go beyond (some limit); to surpass, outstrip or transcend.
    • Shakespeare
      Name the time, but let it not / Exceed three days.
    • 2012 January 1, Stephen Ledoux, “Behaviorism at 100”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, page 60:
      Becoming more aware of the progress that scientists have made on behavioral fronts can reduce the risk that other natural scientists will resort to mystical agential accounts when they exceed the limits of their own disciplinary training.
    Your password cannot exceed eight characters.
  4. (intransitive) To predominate.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To overdo.

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According to the Oxford Dictionary website: "There is no established opposite to the word exceed, and it is quite often suggested that one is needed. We are gathering evidence of the word deceed 'be less than', but it has not yet reached our dictionaries."

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External links

  • exceed in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • exceed” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • exceed in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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