- 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.
- 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 of transcendMiddle English transcenden ; from Classical Latin transcendere, to climb over ; from trans-, over + scandere, to climb: see descend
verbtran·scend·ed, tran·scend·ing, tran·scends
- To pass beyond the limits of (a category or conception, for instance): “our desire to &ellipsis; find love, recognition and acceptance that transcends stereotype, class, age, poverty and physical imperfection” (Catherine Orenstein).
- To be greater than, as in quality or intensity; surpass: a new film that transcends all her previous efforts.
- 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 of transcendMiddle English transcenden, from Old French transcendre, from Latin trānscendere : trāns-, trans- + scandere, to climb; see skand- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present transcends, present participle transcending, simple past and past participle transcended)