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1 go beyond; "Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds" [syn: transcend, surpass]
2 go beyond; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year" [syn: transcend, overstep, pass, go past, top]
3 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" [syn: surpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, outdo, surmount, outperform]

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from Latin excedeō


  1. To be larger, greater or better than (something).
    The company's 2005 revenue exceeds that of 2004.
    The quality of her essay has exceeded my expectations.
  2. To go beyond (some limit); to surpass, outstrip or transcend.
    In Super Mario RPG, the name that you are typing in cannot exceed eight characters.

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To be larger, greater or better than something else or than expected or desirable
to go beyond the limits of something

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