To exceed is defined as to go beyond an expectation or to be or do more than expected.
An example of exceed is when you hope to get a B and you get an A.
- to go or be beyond (a limit, limiting regulation, measure, etc.): to exceed a speed limit
- to be more than or greater than; surpass; outdo: to exceed one's expectations
Origin of exceedMiddle English exceden from Old French exceder from Classical Latin excedere from ex-, out, beyond + cedere, to go: see cede
Now Rare to surpass others, as in a quality or quantity; be outstanding
transitive verbex·ceed·ed, ex·ceed·ing, ex·ceeds
- To be greater than, as in number or degree; surpass: a fortune that exceeds ten million dollars; demand that exceeded supply.
- To go beyond the limits of: I exceeded my allowance. The car exceeded the speed limit.
- To be better than or superior to: a material that exceeds all others in durability. See Synonyms at excel.
Origin of exceedMiddle English exceden from Old French exceder from Latin excēdere ex- ex- cēdere to go ; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present exceeds, present participle exceeding, simple past and past participle exceeded)
- To be larger, greater than (something).
- The company's 2005 revenue exceeds that of 2004.
- To be better than (something).
- The quality of her essay has exceeded my expectations.
- To go beyond (some limit); to surpass, outstrip or transcend.
- Your password cannot exceed eight characters.
- (intransitive) To predominate.