exceed

To exceed is to go beyond expectations, or to go too far. If you exceed the speed limit, you might get a speeding ticket.

Exceed and excess share the Latin root excedere meaning to "go beyond." An excess is too much of something, like the piles of candy after Halloween, and exceed means the action of going too far in a good or bad way. You exceed in school when you get straight A's. When Dr. Jekyll transforms into Mr. Hyde, he experiences "a grinding in the bones, deadly nausea, and a horror of the spirit that cannot be exceeded at the hour of birth or death." No thanks! It helps to remember that like speed, exceed ends with -eed.

Definitions of exceed
1

v be or do something to a greater degree

“This exceeds all my expectations”
Synonyms:
outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount, surpass
Types:
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beat, circumvent, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach
beat through cleverness and wit
outgrow
grow faster than
outcry, outshout
shout louder than
outroar
roar louder than
outsail
sail faster or better than
outdraw
draw a gun faster, or best someone in a gunfight
outsell
sell more than others
outsell
be sold more often than other, similar products
outpace
surpass in speed
better, break
surpass in excellence
outshine
attract more attention and praise than others
outrange
have a greater range than (another gun)
outweigh
be heavier than
outbrave
be braver than
out-herod
surpass someone in cruelty or evil
outfox
outdo someone in trickery
shame
surpass or beat by a wide margin
outmarch
march longer distances and for a longer time than
outwear
last longer than others
upstage
steal the show, draw attention to oneself away from someone else
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

v be superior or better than some standard

“She exceeded our expectations”
Synonyms:
go past, overstep, pass, top, transcend
Type of:
excel, stand out, surpass
distinguish oneself

v be greater in scope or size than some standard

“Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds”
Synonyms:
surpass, transcend
Types:
overgrow
grow too large

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