tr.v. ex·ceed·ed, ex·ceed·ing, ex·ceeds
1. To be greater than, as in number or degree; surpass: a fortune that exceeds ten million dollars; demand that exceeded supply.
2. To go beyond the limits of: I exceeded my allowance. The car exceeded the speed limit.
3. To be better than or superior to: a material that exceeds all others in durability. See Synonyms at excel.
[Middle English exceden, from Old French exceder, from Latin excēdere : ex-, ex- + cēdere, to go; see ked- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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