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transcend Syllabification: tran·scend
Pronunciation: /tran(t)ˈsend/

Definition of transcend in English:


[with object]
1Be or go beyond the range or limits of (something abstract, typically a conceptual field or division): this was an issue transcending party politics
More example sentences
  • The fourteen essays gathered here embrace a range of issues which perhaps transcend the limits suggested by the subtitle.
  • We can therefore form a conception of reality that transcends these limits and so separate reality from what we believe about reality.
  • It holds out the prospect of transcending the limits of privatised existence, of being known to the general public and of becoming part of society's collective experience.
go beyond, rise above, cut across
1.1Surpass (a person or an achievement).
Example sentences
  • There is nothing that transcends God so nothing is greater than his essence.
  • Rather, some songs transcend their own authors in such a way that they can only be sung by a particular voice.
  • ‘His personality has transcended the sport faster than probably anybody else,’ he states.
surpass, exceed, beat, cap, tower above, outdo, outclass, outstrip, leave behind, outshine, eclipse, overshadow, throw into the shade, upstage, top


Middle English: from Old French transcendre or Latin transcendere, from trans- 'across' + scandere 'climb'.

Words that rhyme with transcend

amend, append, apprehend, ascend, attend, befriend, bend, blend, blende, commend, comprehend, condescend, contend, defriend, depend, emend, end, expend, extend, fend, forfend, friend, impend, interdepend, lend, mend, misapprehend, misspend, offend, on-trend, Oostende, Ostend, perpend, portend, rend, reprehend, scrag-end, send, spend, subtend, suspend, tail end, tend, trend, underspend, unfriend, upend, vend, weekend, wend

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