Etymology
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transcend (v.)

mid-14c., "escape inclusion in; lie beyond the scope of," from Old French transcendre "transcend, surpass," and directly from Latin transcendere "climb over or beyond, surmount, overstep," from trans "across, beyond" (see trans-) + scandere "to climb" (see scan (v.)). Meanings "be surpassing, outdo, excel; surmount, move beyond" are from early 15c. Related: Transcended; transcending.

updated on December 08, 2016

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Definitions of transcend from WordNet

transcend (v.)
be greater in scope or size than some standard;
Synonyms: exceed / surpass
transcend (v.)
be superior or better than some standard;
Synonyms: exceed / overstep / pass / go past / top
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