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ex·cel

 (ĭk-sĕl′)
v. ex·celled, ex·cel·ling, ex·cels
v.tr.
To do or be better than; surpass.
v.intr.
To show superiority; surpass others: excels at tennis.

[Middle English excellen, from Latin excellere; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: excel, surpass, exceed, outdo, outstrip
These verbs mean to be greater or better than someone or something. To excel is to achieve a level higher than another or others: excelled the other speakers in wit and eloquence. To surpass is to go beyond another in performance, quality, or degree: a marathoner who surpassed his previous record; a picture quality that far surpassed that of earlier models. Exceed can refer to being superior to another (an invention that exceeds all others in ingenuity), to being greater than something (a salary exceeding 250 thousand dollars a year), and to going beyond a proper limit (exceed one's authority). Outdo and outstrip imply leaving another or others behind, as in a contest or competition: Democrats and Republicans striving to outdo each other in patriotic fervor; a student who outstripped her classmates in academic honors.

excel

(ɪkˈsɛl)
vb, -cels, -celling or -celled
1. to be superior to (another or others); surpass
2. (intr; foll by in or at) to be outstandingly good or proficient: he excels at tennis.
[C15: from Latin excellere to rise up]

ex•cel

(ɪkˈsɛl)

v. -celled, -cel•ling. v.i.
1. to surpass others or be superior in some respect or area; do extremely well: to excel in math.
v.t.
2. to surpass; be superior to; outdo.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin excellere=ex- ex-1 + -cellere to rise high, tower (akin to celsus high)]

excel


Past participle: excelled
Gerund: excelling

Imperative
excel
excel
Present
I excel
you excel
he/she/it excels
we excel
you excel
they excel
Preterite
I excelled
you excelled
he/she/it excelled
we excelled
you excelled
they excelled
Present Continuous
I am excelling
you are excelling
he/she/it is excelling
we are excelling
you are excelling
they are excelling
Present Perfect
I have excelled
you have excelled
he/she/it has excelled
we have excelled
you have excelled
they have excelled
Past Continuous
I was excelling
you were excelling
he/she/it was excelling
we were excelling
you were excelling
they were excelling
Past Perfect
I had excelled
you had excelled
he/she/it had excelled
we had excelled
you had excelled
they had excelled
Future
I will excel
you will excel
he/she/it will excel
we will excel
you will excel
they will excel
Future Perfect
I will have excelled
you will have excelled
he/she/it will have excelled
we will have excelled
you will have excelled
they will have excelled
Future Continuous
I will be excelling
you will be excelling
he/she/it will be excelling
we will be excelling
you will be excelling
they will be excelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been excelling
you have been excelling
he/she/it has been excelling
we have been excelling
you have been excelling
they have been excelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been excelling
you will have been excelling
he/she/it will have been excelling
we will have been excelling
you will have been excelling
they will have been excelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been excelling
you had been excelling
he/she/it had been excelling
we had been excelling
you had been excelling
they had been excelling
Conditional
I would excel
you would excel
he/she/it would excel
we would excel
you would excel
they would excel
Past Conditional
I would have excelled
you would have excelled
he/she/it would have excelled
we would have excelled
you would have excelled
they would have excelled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.excel - distinguish oneself; "She excelled in math"
top, transcend, exceed, go past, overstep, pass - be superior or better than some standard; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year"
outrank, rank - take precedence or surpass others in rank
excel at, shine at - be good at; "She shines at math"

excel

verb be superior, better, pass, eclipse, beat, top, cap (informal), exceed, go beyond, surpass, transcend, outdo, outshine, surmount, run rings around (informal), put in the shade (informal), outrival Few dancers have excelled her in virtuosity.
excel in or at something be good at, be master of, predominate in, shine at, be proficient in, show talent in, be skilful at, have (something) down to a fine art, be talented at She excelled at outdoor sports.

excel

verb
To be greater or better than:
Informal: beat.
Translations
يَتَفَوَّقيَمْتاز
překonatvynikat
brillereudmærke sig
hiilgamaületama
túlteszfelülmúljeleskedikkiemelkedikkimagaslik
skara fram úr
超える越える
ekscelencijapralenktipranoktitobulumas
būt pārākampārspēt
daha iyi olmakön plana çıkmaksivrilmek

excel

[ɪkˈsel]
A. VTsuperar
to excel o.s (often iro) → lucirse, pasarse (LAm)
B. VI to excel at or insobresalir en, destacar en
to excel asdestacarse como

excel

[ɪkˈsɛl]
viexceller
to excel in sth, to excel at sth → exceller dans qch
vtsurpasser
to excel o.s. (British)se surpasser

excel

visich auszeichnen, sich hervortun
vtübertreffen (→ in in +dat, → an +dat); to excel oneself (often iro)sich selbst übertreffen

excel

[ɪkˈsɛl]
1. vtsuperare
to excel o.s. → superare se stesso
2. vi to excel at or ineccellere in
to excel as → primeggiare come

excel

(ikˈsel) past tense, past participle exˈcelled verb
1. to stand out beyond others (in some quality etc); to do very well (in or at some activity). He excelled in mathematics / at football.
2. to be better than. She excels them all at swimming.
ˈexcellence (ˈek-) noun
unusual goodness or worth. this man's excellence as a teacher.
ˈExcellency (ˈek-) plural ˈExcellencies noun
(with His, ~Your etc) a title of honour, used eg for ambassadors. His/Your Excellency; Their Excellencies.
ˈexcellent (ˈek-) adjective
unusually good. an excellent plan.
ˈexcellently adverb
References in classic literature ?
This certainly is a rare and brilliant instance of those natural qualities in which these peculiar people are said to excel," he answered.
Look now at Stubb; a man who from his humorous, deliberate coolness and equanimity in the direst emergencies, was specially qualified to excel in pitchpoling.
The little old gentleman stared with both eyes at this illustration of the case; but, though not much of a reasoner, he had the sense in which some logicians on this particular subject do not excel,--that of saying nothing, where nothing could be said.
I had the means of an excellent education placed within my reach; a fondness for some of my studies, and a desire to excel in all, together with a great delight in pleasing my teachers, especially such as I loved, urged me on: I availed myself fully of the advantages offered me.
I am perhaps the worst skater in the world, and therefore, according to a natural law, I covet the faintest distinction on the ice more than immortal fame for the things in which nature has given me aptitude to excel.
But the danger is much greater, when the ministers themselves are commanded to show their dexterity; for, by contending to excel themselves and their fellows, they strain so far that there is hardly one of them who has not received a fall, and some of them two or three.
He bade him, too, turn his eyes upon the beauty of Dorothea and he would see that few if any could equal much less excel her; while to that beauty should be added her modesty and the surpassing love she bore him.
It is in this power of suggestion that the Chinese poets excel.
As the Phaeacians are the best sailors in the world, so their women excel all others in weaving, for Minerva has taught them all manner of useful arts, and they are very intelligent.
You excel so much in the dance, Miss Eliza, that it is cruel to deny me the happiness of seeing you; and though this gentleman dislikes the amusement in general, he can have no objection, I am sure, to oblige us for one half-hour.
In any case," said the duke, "his cellar and kitchen might easily excel those of Monsieur de Chavigny.
He was one of those invaluable labourers who can not only turn their hand to everything, but excel in everything they turn their hand to.