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Exceed, 1) trans. a) to go beyond: “in love whose leave --s commission,” Ven. 568. “which far --s his barren skill to show,” Lucr. 81. “your own science --s the lists of all advice,” Meas. I, 1, 6. “e. all instance,” Tw. IV, 3, 12. “thy cruelty hath --ed law,” H6B I, 3, 136. “let not her penance e. the king's commission,” II, 4, 75. “my mind --s the compass of her wheel,” H6C IV, 3, 47. “to be wise and love --s man's might,” Troil. III, 2, 164. “e. the common,” Cor. IV, 1, 32. “a return --ing all use of quittance,” Tim. I, 1, 290. “let it not e. three days,” Oth. III, 3, 63. “do not e. the prescript of this scroll,” Ant. III, 8, 4.
b) to surpass: Ven. 292. Sonn. 32, 8. 83, 3. 150, 8. Gentl. III, 1, 166. Ado I, 1, 193. Merch. III, 2, 159. As I, 2, 256. All's V, 3, 338. H4A IV, 3, 28. H6A I, 1, 15. I, 2, 56. I, 2, 56 R3 I, 3, 218. Cor. IV, 2, 39. Cor. IV, 2, 39 IV, 5, 236. Tim. I, 2, 210. Hml. V, 2, 173. Ant. IV, 7, 3. Cymb. I, 4, 156. V, 2, 9.
2) intr. a) to be greater: “the guilt being great, the fear doth still e.” Lucr. 229.
b) to be paramount: “O, that --s,” Ado III, 4, 17. “to make some good, but others to e.” Per. II, 3, 16. Partic. --ing == extraordinary, surpassing: Gentl. II, 1, 100. All's V, 1, 1. H6A V, 4, 41. H6B V, 1, 70. Oth. III, 3, 258. The gerund substantively: “to --ing good,” Tw. III, 4, 174 (== to excess, eminently).
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