Definition of transcend in English:



  • 1Be or go beyond the range or limits of (something abstract, typically a conceptual field or division)

    ‘this was an issue transcending party politics’
    • ‘It's certainly not as if the movie's interpretation transcended the limits of romance.’
    • ‘We can therefore form a conception of reality that transcends these limits and so separate reality from what we believe about reality.’
    • ‘In this context, going beyond the form means transcending the notion of bread as commodity and examining the labor that made it possible.’
    • ‘Ultimately, he is strangely apolitical, incapable of transcending the limits of the entertainment industry.’
    • ‘By transcending the limits of space, time and situation, this technology makes it more likely that any person, of any status, in any place, can learn anything, at any time.’
    • ‘We transcend these limits to find a love that is magical and created by a force greater than us, just for us.’
    • ‘It holds out the prospect of transcending the limits of privatised existence, of being known to the general public and of becoming part of society's collective experience.’
    • ‘The appeal transcends the issues as any appeal to a national leader should.’
    • ‘It should be a political no-brainer, an issue that transcends right-left divisions.’
    • ‘Quality of life is an important concept that transcends cultural boundaries and gives way to needed change.’
    • ‘The vitality of the field has transcended many of the barriers that seemed so daunting early on.’
    • ‘As already mentioned, the theory of conceptual blending transcends the study of metaphor.’
    • ‘No, I really do think that this case transcends this one particular issue.’
    • ‘This requires coordinated intergovernmental action because these activities transcend national boundaries.’
    • ‘The fourteen essays gathered here embrace a range of issues which perhaps transcend the limits suggested by the subtitle.’
    • ‘Real spiritual practices can help one to transcend material activities.’
    • ‘Despite its relatively small size, the superb acoustics of the Usher Hall have transcended its role beyond that of a venue for the odd civil function.’
    • ‘Love is what engages and transcends mundane limits toward accomplishment.’
    • ‘Just as quality of life issues often transcend class lines, they also bridge the gulf between the city centre and the suburbs.’
    • ‘‘Blood’, by contrast, had been invested since antiquity with mythical meaning, transcending the common sphere of everyday life.’
    go beyond, rise above, cut across
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    1. 1.1 Surpass (a person or achievement)
      • ‘‘His personality has transcended the sport faster than probably anybody else,’ he states.’
      • ‘Rather, some songs transcend their own authors in such a way that they can only be sung by a particular voice.’
      • ‘People that transcend their class background often have this dynamism, but sometimes also display a fierce pride that can feel like anger.’
      • ‘There is nothing that transcends God so nothing is greater than his essence.’
      surpass, excel, exceed, beat, trump, top, cap, outdo, outstrip, leave behind, outrival, outvie, outrank, outshine, eclipse, overstep, overshadow, throw into the shade, upstage
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Middle English: from Old French transcendre or Latin transcendere, from trans- ‘across’ + scandere ‘climb’.