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Definition of "exceed" [ex•ceed]

  • To extend beyond or outside of: The river exceeded its banks. (verb-transitive)
  • To be greater than; surpass: "a horror of the spirit that cannot be exceeded at the hour of birth or death” ( Robert Louis Stevenson). (verb-transitive)
  • To go beyond the limits of: exceeded my allowance. See Synonyms at excel. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "exceed" in a sentence
  • "But should they exceed the contract price then the 11 per cent. was to be proportionately decreased by an arranged sliding scale, provided, however, that Van Hattum and Co. did not _exceed the specification by more than 100 per cent. _, in which latter case the"
  • "Everyone who reaches retirement age is given benefit privileges that far exceed anything he has paid in -- exceed his payments by more than ten times (or five times counting employer payments)!"
  • "Some of the blog posts at Talking Points Memo talk about how the combined finances of the RNC and McCain exceed $90 million."