It would be nice to transcend the narrow limits of this brief definition, and go to greater lengths to describe this word's glories! Transcend means to move upward and beyond something.

No doubt you know about the words transcontinental or maybe trans fats? The prefix trans is used to mean "beyond, across" and transcend takes this even further by adding in a sense of upwardness with the stem cend. A pop artist with a lot of talent might transcend the genre of pop. You can't assume a person's opinion on national security by party affiliation — it often transcends party lines.

Definitions of transcend
  1. verb
    be greater in scope or size than some standard
    synonyms: exceed, surpass
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    grow too large
  2. verb
    be superior or better than some standard
    synonyms: exceed, go past, overstep, pass, top
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    type of:
    excel, stand out, surpass
    distinguish oneself
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