Definition of exceeding in English:



  • Very great.

    ‘she spoke warmly of his exceeding kindness’
    • ‘As you can imagine, he was in an exceeding amount of pain and was suffering from internal bleeding.’
    • ‘My main problem as a child, was my exceeding gullibility.’
    • ‘This would be ‘a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanised so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility’.’
    • ‘Thus concludes day four of this week of exceeding lameness.’
    • ‘At about 3 a.m., Wesley wrote, ‘the power of God came mightily upon us, insomuch that many cried for exceeding joy, and many fell to the ground.’’
    • ‘Since then I have been having a week of exceeding flat-outness, through which I have sailed with a smile on my face and a jaw only lightly-clenched.’
    considerable, substantial, pronounced, sizeable, significant, appreciable, serious, exceptional, inordinate, extraordinary, special
    great, very great, considerable, exceptional, marked, distinct, tremendous, immense, extreme, supreme, outstanding
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  • as submodifier Extremely; exceedingly.

    ‘an ale of exceeding poor quality’
    • ‘The problem is that there is too much debt of exceeding poor quality.’
    • ‘The good wide space was rather damp and exceeding smelly but we won't go into that.’
    • ‘It was a large, lidded cardboard box, close to the Royal Mail size limit, very white, gift-wrapped in beautiful blue ribbon, and exceeding light.’
    • ‘And Jesus went up onto an exceeding high mountain and he sat down and taught them saying.’
    • ‘And, of course, the inflow of cash is exceeding welcome.’
    • ‘True to form, just as we're waiting for a couple of dry, still days so we can do the outside paintwork, the weather today turned wet, wintry and exceeding blustery.’
    • ‘You'd have had a hard time today in a sailboat, finding and keeping the wind, and what wind you did manage to catch would have been exceeding wet.’
    • ‘For his tongue is exceeding pure so that it has in purity what it wants in music.’
    • ‘After walking all the way up to the Pantheon we descended again to the Seine, where at 8.40 pm with exceeding ill grace a waitress seated us and condescended to allow us to order from the 15 euro tourist menu.’
    • ‘Should I discover a need for anything more weighty at some future time I'll see what I can find in the second-hand bookshops - theology and philosophy books are exceeding expensive to buy new.’
    • ‘In Boston this morning the wind was cold and exceeding unfriendly.’
    • ‘Not fatal, but exceeding uncomfortable, and needing swift application of Jungle Cream if they are not to swell and burst.’
    • ‘In ordinary circumstances a difficult enough task; in the circumstances of Sunday's defeat, with the cup of victory within reach only to be dashed from the grasp, Holmes faces an exceeding tough task.’
    • ‘Coombe Bissett Church of England Primary School is exceeding national’
    very, exceedingly, extremely, exceptionally, especially, tremendously, immensely, supremely, really, truly, most, distinctly, decidedly
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