- To transcend is exceed or to go past defined limits.
An example of to transcend is the separation from your body as experienced during intense meditation.
- To transcend is to be superior or to excel.
- An example of transcend is a student who is very gifted.
- An example of transcend is a work of art that is extremely moving.
transcend definition by Webster's New World
- to go beyond the limits of; overstep; exceed: a story that transcends belief
- to be superior to; surpass; excel
- Philos., Theol. to be separate from or beyond (experience, the material universe, etc.)
Origin: Middle English transcenden ; from Classical Latin transcendere, to climb over ; from trans-, over plush scandere, to climb: see descend
transcend definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb tran·scend·ed, tran·scend·ing, tran·scends verb, transitive
- To pass beyond the limits of: emotions that transcend understanding.
- To be greater than, as in intensity or power; surpass: love that transcends infatuation. See Synonyms at excel.
- To exist above and independent of (material experience or the universe): “One never can see the thing in itself, because the mind does not transcend phenomena” (Hilaire Belloc).
Origin: Middle English transcenden, from Old French transcendre, from Latin trānscendere : trāns-, trans- + scandere, to climb; see skand- in Indo-European roots.