Definition of exceed in English:

exceed

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Be greater in number or size than (a quantity, number, or other measurable thing)

    ‘production costs have exceeded £60,000’
    • ‘The way to get coal for heating is to exceed the production quota.’
    • ‘In the most populated areas of California, the cost of living far exceeds the national average.’
    • ‘As expected he topped the poll comfortably and with 1,002 votes he made it on the first count, well exceeding the quota of 757.’
    • ‘Although this figure exceeds the averages for tobacco, cotton, and even rice, it falls below the averages of sugar estates in the Caribbean or Brazil.’
    • ‘Duties on quantities exceeding the quotas will be gradually reduced until their full lifting in 2006-2007.’
    • ‘He forecast that if the price of compensatory notes exceeds their par value, more holders would choose to sell and invest the money in real estate.’
    • ‘The increase meant the producers exceeded their official quotas by 8.7 percent, according to the report.’
    • ‘The report shows that Norway also exceeded its quota when trade statistics are used as the measuring parameter.’
    • ‘The total costs of this matter (so far) must exceed this figure by some margin.’
    • ‘If beetle counts exceed an average of six beetles per trap per day, this is equal to the treatment threshold.’
    • ‘One decade after the dismantling of the USSR and the restoration of capitalism, the death rate of Russia exceeds its birth rate.’
    • ‘His actual income probably exceeds this figure, but for lack of evidence, I am not able to make a finding as to the total amount of income.’
    • ‘Annual costs to the nation in lost productivity and health expenses exceeded sixty billion dollars.’
    • ‘The OPEC nations habitually cheat on each other by exceeding the production quotas that they agree to.’
    • ‘The number of Catholics worldwide has exceeded one billion for the first time, according to figures released by the Vatican.’
    • ‘If this is anywhere near correct, it's an astonishing number, far exceeding the turnout of eligible voters in any recent American Presidential election.’
    • ‘It is expected that with such interest being expressed in the project that the print run will much exceed this figure.’
    • ‘Thus, it was decided to compare average size of faculty with programs whose faculty exceeded the average.’
    • ‘If you are middle-aged, that figure could exceed nine billion before you die.’
    • ‘He was elected on the first count having well exceeded the quota of 465.’
    1. 1.1 Go beyond what is allowed or stipulated by (a set limit)
      ‘the Tribunal's decision clearly exceeds its powers under the statute’
      • ‘It has little direct value in feed by-products and could result in the feed exceeding the maximum limit on fiber allowed in poultry feed, for example.’
      • ‘The only person who can make a decision to exceed the speed limit is the person in control of the vehicle.’
      • ‘Two solar powered vehicle activated signs which will detect vehicles exceeding the speed limit and flash up a reminder.’
      • ‘It is within the Prime Minister's powers to exceed the speed limit, if she is on urgent public business.’
      • ‘While most techs are just happy if you don't toss the mic around like Roger Daltry, they're notorious for their futile attempts at keeping bands from exceeding pre-determined stage volume levels.’
      • ‘Passengers exceeding the carry-on limit will not be allowed through the security checkpoint.’
      • ‘They exceed the range limits imposed on Iraqi weapons by the 1991 ceasefire agreement.’
      • ‘If they had done so, they would have gone beyond the necessity of war and exceeded the previously prescribed limits.’
      • ‘The noise levels are monitored, he said, and the range never exceeded the limits allowed in the Noise Pollution Regulations.’
      • ‘The charges for late payments, returned payments and exceeding one's credit limit have gone up from £20 to £25.’
      • ‘If he finished his campaign now, he would not exceed the $20,000 limit, he said.’
      • ‘It has told Indian hospitals that it cannot refer UK patients because flying time to India exceeds the three hours limit set for transferring patients.’
      • ‘For this reason, drivers are allowed to exceed the speed limit on such calls.’
      • ‘Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions are far exceeding our Kyoto limits with the agricultural sector as the biggest emitter.’
      • ‘As we are now in debt we need to keep a very careful control on cash - we cannot risk exceeding our statutory borrowing limit.’
      • ‘As many as one in eight motorists drinks beer, lager or wine before getting behind the wheel, with many exceeding the legal drink-drive limit, research found.’
      • ‘On the other hand, operating expenses will in no way be allowed to exceed the barest minimum requirement.’
      • ‘Any current service member who is at or exceeds the 25% limit is prohibited from adding to the tattooed area.’
      • ‘Why are you allowed to exceed water allocation limits if you can simply afford to pay the surcharge?’
      • ‘Travelling at approximately 8mph, he had exceeded the 2mph speed limit for towns.’
      be more than, be greater than, be over, run over, go over, go beyond, overshoot, overreach, pass, top
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    2. 1.2 Be better than; surpass.
      ‘economic growth exceeded expectations this year’
      • ‘The volume of gifts collected to date has far exceeded anyone's expectations.’
      • ‘Even Barnett, who tends to avoid movie-industry hype, cautiously admits that expectations have been exceeded.’
      • ‘‘Pride and Prejudice is exceeding everyone's expectations and hopefully it will do as well in America when it is released there, as that will really put him on the map,’ said Casey.’
      • ‘The response from this group has exceeded my highest expectations, but there's still a lot of work to be done.’
      • ‘It was a success far exceeding anyone's expectations.’
      • ‘It includes the kid who never even made it to college and the one who exceeded everyone's expectations.’
      • ‘Like it or not, the rapid growth in Internet use has meant domain name registrations have far exceeded anyone's expectations.’
      • ‘Afterwards, Conradt spoke of her team that had exceeded everybody's expectations except its own.’
      • ‘And he enjoyed a level of success which exceeded everybody's expectations even his own!’
      • ‘The charity was overwhelmed by the response to its fund raising events over the festive period, with the final total exceeding its highest expectations.’
      • ‘And in October of the same year, he started writing this book and the book exceeded his wildest expectations.’
      • ‘Marine officials at a post-battle briefing said the speed of the fight exceeded their wildest expectations.’
      • ‘Walton expects economic growth to exceed the MPC's base case, due to buoyant exports and investment.’
      • ‘This is for the first time in close to a decade that that economic growth has exceeded the 8 per cent mark.’
      • ‘He also said the country has a bright economic outlook, with economic growth exceeding 10% for fiscal 1999, which ended March 31.’
      • ‘Jenny reaches and exceeds the highest expectations anyone could have of a teacher of this course.’
      • ‘Year after year, economic and income growth exceeded prevailing, modest expectations.’
      • ‘When the sound mix also exceeds one's expectations based on the film's content, you start to wonder what's going on.’
      • ‘With less than two years left in the initial testing phase, their expectations are being exceeded at almost every level.’
      • ‘Having now exceeded her own wildest expectations, she's less inclined to impose limits on other aspects of her life.’
      surpass, outdo, outstrip, outshine, outclass, transcend, top, cap, beat, be greater than, be superior to, be better than, go one better than, better, pass, eclipse, overshadow, put in the shade, put to shame
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘go over a boundary or specified point’): from Old French exceder, from Latin excedere, from ex- ‘out’ + cedere ‘go’.

Pronunciation

exceed

/ɪkˈsiːd//ɛkˈsiːd/