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v. tran·scend·ed, tran·scend·ing, tran·scends
1. To pass beyond the limits of (a category or conception, for instance): "our desire to ... find love, recognition and acceptance that transcends stereotype, class, age, poverty and physical imperfection" (Catherine Orenstein).
2. To be greater than, as in quality or intensity; surpass: a new film that transcends all her previous efforts.
3. To exist above and independent of (material experience or the universe): "One never can see the thing in itself, because the mind does not transcend phenomena" (Hilaire Belloc).
To be transcendent; excel.
[Middle English transcenden, from Old French transcendre, from Latin trānscendere : trāns-, trans- + scandere, to climb; see skand- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. to go above or beyond (a limit, expectation, etc), as in degree or excellence
2. (tr) to be superior to
3. (Philosophy) philosophy theol (esp of the Deity) to exist beyond (the material world)
[C14: from Latin trānscendere to climb over, from trans- + scandere to climb]
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1. to rise above or go beyond the ordinary limits of; overpass; exceed.
2. to outdo or exceed in excellence, extent, degree, etc.; surpass; excel.
3. to be independent of or prior to (the universe, time, etc.).v.i.
4. to be transcendent or superior; excel.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin trānscendere to surmount =trāns- trans- + -scendere, comb. form of scandere to climb]
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Past participle: transcended
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|Verb||1.||transcend - be greater in scope or size than some standard; "Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds"|
overgrow - grow too large
|2.||transcend - be superior or better than some standard; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year"|
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verb surpass, exceed, go beyond, rise above, leave behind, eclipse, excel, outstrip, outdo, outshine, overstep, go above, leave in the shade (informal), outrival, outvie issues like EU membership that transcend party loyalty
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transcend[trænˈsɛnd] vt [+ barriers, boundaries] → transcender
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