August 20, 2011
- exceed (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to be greater than2 : to go or be beyond the limits
- How do you use it?
- We were sure he would do well, but Tim's first place finish in the writing competition exceeded even our expectations.
- Are you a word wiz?
The number of words that mean "to be greater than" or "to go beyond the limits" exceeds one. See if you can find a synonym for "exceed" in the list below."Exceed," "surpass," "excel," and "outdo" all mean to go beyond a certain limit, measure, or degree. "Exceed" suggests going beyond a limit set by authority, custom, or earlier achievement (as in, "she exceeded the speed limit" or "he exceeded his authority"). "Surpass" suggests being greater in worth, merit, or skill (as in, "the book surpassed our hopes" or "profits from the bake sale surpassed our goal"). "Excel" suggests supremacy in achievement or value, (as in, "she excels in science" or "he excelled at writing"). "Outdo" suggests bettering one's previous work (as in, "the chef really outdid herself this time").