transcend [tran-send] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for transcend on verb (used with object)

  1. to rise above or go beyond; overpass; exceed: to transcend the limits of thought; kindness transcends courtesy.
  2. to outdo or exceed in excellence, elevation, extent, degree, etc.; surpass; excel.
  3. Theology. (of the Deity) to be above and independent of (the universe, time, etc.).

verb (used without object)

  1. to be transcendent or superior; excel: His competitiveness made him want to transcend.

Origin of transcend 1300–50; Middle English Latin trānscendere to surmount, equivalent to trāns- trans- + -scendere, combining form of scandere to climbRelated formstran·scend·ing·ly, adverbun·tran·scend·ed, adjectiveSynonyms for transcend See more synonyms for on 2. outstrip. Related Words for transcend overstep, eclipse, transform, outstrip, exceed, beat, top, excel, better, outshine, outdo, best, outvie, overtop, outrival Examples from the Web for transcend Contemporary Examples of transcend

  • Republicans have a rare opportunity to implement policies that are truly compassionate and transcend toxic identity politics.

    How a GOP Senate Can Help the Poor

    Veronique de Rugy

    November 23, 2014

  • So when they get the technique to transcend, this huge pressure gets released.

    David Lynch on Transcendental Meditation, ‘Twin Peaks,’ and Collaborating With Kanye West

    Marlow Stern

    October 6, 2014

  • The work “symbolizes the human urge to transcend and progress.”

    This Artist Reproduced van Gogh’s Ear…and It’s Alive!

    Justin Jones

    June 4, 2014

  • The creative solution is how we actually transform and transcend our limitations.

    On Transhumanism and Why Technology Is Our Silicon Nervous System

    Jason Silva

    April 26, 2014

  • Rand Paul delivered a speech that may yet transcend party and generation.

    Demographics Or Destiny in 2016

    Lloyd Green

    March 10, 2014

  • Historical Examples of transcend

  • Yet in no instance did he transcend the ordinary usages of Indian warfare.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

  • Had he come at last to transcend her idea with some even greater purpose?

    The Coast of Chance

    Esther Chamberlain

  • Some of these experiences, such as how to handle fire, transcend nourishment.

    The Civilization of Illiteracy

    Mihai Nadin

  • The practice of signs entails the possibility to transcend the present.

    The Civilization of Illiteracy

    Mihai Nadin

  • At first, then, a child can not transcend himself or his experiences.

    Here and Now Story Book

    Lucy Sprague Mitchell

  • British Dictionary definitions for transcend transcend verb

    1. to go above or beyond (a limit, expectation, etc), as in degree or excellence
    2. (tr) to be superior to
    3. philosophy theol (esp of the Deity) to exist beyond (the material world)

    Derived Formstranscendingly, adverbWord Origin for transcend C14: from Latin trānscendere to climb over, from trans- + scandere to climb Word Origin and History for transcend v.

    mid-14c., from Latin transcendere “climb over or beyond, surmount,” from trans- “beyond” (see trans-) + scandere “to climb” (see scan (v.)). Related: Transcended; transcending.

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