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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, outstrip, outdo
These verbs mean to be greater or better than someone or something. To excel is to achieve a level higher than another or others: She excelled the other speakers in wit and eloquence. To surpass is to go beyond another in performance, quality, or degree: "Nevertheless, I had a sense of overwhelming modernity, of being a pioneer, of having surpassed my mother's generation by leagues and light-years" (Shirley Abbott).
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). Outstrip and outdo imply leaving another or others behind, as in a contest or competition: The student outstripped her classmates in academic honors. "So back she went to join the other village flirts, and she outdid them all, with her flaunting smile and the wondrous way her body moved" (William Goldman).

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 ?
And now to come to those qualities in which David excels over Porthos--the first is that he is no snob but esteems the girl Irene (pretentiously called his nurse) more than any fine lady, and envies every ragged boy who can hit to leg.
Touching these matters, therefore, let it be granted that David excels Porthos; and in divers similar qualities the one is no more than a match for the other, as in the quality of curiosity; for, if a parcel comes into my chambers Porthos is miserable until it is opened, and I have noticed the same thing of David.
What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.
Alcinous's son Laodamas was the best boxer, and he it was who presently said, when they had all been diverted with the games, "Let us ask the stranger whether he excels in any of these sports; he seems very powerfully built; his thighs, calves, hands, and neck are of prodigious strength, nor is he at all old, but he has suffered much lately, and there is nothing like the sea for making havoc with a man, no matter how strong he is.
Your ill-judged remarks have made me exceedingly angry, and you are quite mistaken, for I excel in a great many athletic exercises; indeed, so long as I had youth and strength, I was among the first athletes of the age.
Only at evening, as he returns from the chase, he sounds his note, playing sweet and low on his pipes of reed: not even she could excel him in melody -- that bird who in flower-laden spring pouring forth her lament utters honey-voiced song amid the leaves.
They that desire to excel in too many matters, out of levity and vain glory, are ever envious.
The learning of this people is very defective, consisting only in morality, history, poetry, and mathematics, wherein they must be allowed to excel.
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.
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.
You pick the things for what they can excel in--for what they can excel in.
It is in this power of suggestion that the Chinese poets excel.