verb ex·cel \ik-ˈsel\

: to be better than others

: to be or do better than (others)


Full Definition of EXCEL

transitive verb
:  to be superior to :  surpass in accomplishment or achievement
intransitive verb
:  to be distinguishable by superiority :  surpass others <excel in sports> <excelled at lipreading>

Origin of EXCEL

Middle English excellen, from Latin excellere, from ex- + -cellere to rise, project; akin to Latin collis hill — more at hill
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of EXCEL

exceed, surpass, transcend, excel, outdo, outstrip mean to go or be beyond a stated or implied limit, measure, or degree. exceed implies going beyond a limit set by authority or established by custom or by prior achievement <exceed the speed limit>. surpass suggests superiority in quality, merit, or skill <the book surpassed our expectations>. transcend implies a rising or extending notably above or beyond ordinary limits <transcended the values of their culture>. excel implies preeminence in achievement or quality and may suggest superiority to all others <excels in mathematics>. outdo applies to a bettering or exceeding what has been done before <outdid herself this time>. outstrip suggests surpassing in a race or competition <outstripped other firms in sales>.
EXCEL Defined for Kids


verb ex·cel \ik-ˈsel\

Definition of EXCEL for Kids

:  to do better than others :  surpass <She excelled at running.>


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