V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to rise above or go beyond the limits of something

Synonyms: surpass, be superior, exceed, rise above, go beyond, outshine

Antonyms: be inferior, fail, lose

Tips: Transcend is derived from the Latin transcendere, which means "to climb beyond." You can ascend a mountain and descend a mountain, but to transcend is to go beyond the mountain, rise above it. Accordingly, transcend is most often used figuratively to refer to things that have risen beyond a limit. If you transcend something, you have gone above and beyond what was originally considered the limit.

Usage Examples:

She hoped her son would gain things from soccer that transcend the game itself, like honor and good sportsmanship. (exceed, rise above, go beyond)

Many people believe the artist's paintings will transcend time to become legendary. (go beyond, surpass)

The rock star's popularity transcended borders. (went beyond, exceeded, surpassed)

Certain fashion looks, like "the little black dress," transcend trends and become classics. (go beyond, rise above)

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