Transcend definition

trăn-sĕnd
To pass beyond the limits of (a category or conception, for instance).
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To exist above and independent of (material experience or the universe).
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To go beyond the limits of; overstep; exceed.

A story that transcends belief.

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To be transcendent; excel.
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To be greater than, as in quality or intensity; surpass.

A new film that transcends all her previous efforts.

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To be separate from or beyond (experience, the material universe, etc.)
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To be superior to; surpass; excel.
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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.

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To be transcendent; excel.
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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.

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To pass beyond the limits of something.
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To surpass, as in intensity or power; to excel.
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Origin of transcend

  • Middle English transcenden from Old French transcendre from Latin trānscendere trāns- trans- scandere to climb skand- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French transcender, Latin transcendere (“to climb over, step over, surpass, transcend"), from trans (“over") + scandere (“to climb"); see scan; compare ascend, descend.

    From Wiktionary