exceed

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From Middle English exceden, from Old French exceder, from Latin excedere (to go out, go forth, go beyond a certain limit, overpass, exceed, transgress), from ex- (out, forth) with cedere (to go); see cede and compare accede etc.

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exceed (third-person singular simple present exceeds, present participle exceeding, simple past and past participle exceeded)

  1. (transitive) To be larger, greater than (something).
    The company's 2005 revenue exceeds that of 2004.
  2. (transitive) To be better than (something).
    The quality of her essay has exceeded my expectations.
  3. (transitive) To go beyond (some limit); to surpass, outstrip or transcend.
    • Shakespeare
      Name the time, but let it not / Exceed three days.
    • 2012 January 1, Stephen Ledoux, “Behaviorism at 100”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, page 60: 
      Becoming more aware of the progress that scientists have made on behavioral fronts can reduce the risk that other natural scientists will resort to mystical agential accounts when they exceed the limits of their own disciplinary training.
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  4. (intransitive) To predominate.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To overdo.

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According to the Oxford Dictionary website: "There is no established opposite to the word exceed, and it is quite often suggested that one is needed. We are gathering evidence of the word deceed 'be less than', but it has not yet reached our dictionaries."

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