Meaning of “exceed” in the English Dictionary

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"exceed" in British English

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exceedverb [ T ]

uk /ɪkˈsiːd/ us /ɪkˈsiːd/

C1 to be greater than a number or amount, or to go past an allowed limit:

The final cost should not exceed $5,000.
The success of our campaign has exceeded our wildest expectations.
She was found guilty on three charges of exceeding the speed limit.

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  • Drivers who exceed the speed limit can expect to be fined heavily.
  • Sales this year exceeded the total for the two previous years.
  • The book's success has exceeded all our expectations.
  • The demand for cheap housing far exceeds supply.
  • You mustn't exceed the recommended dose.

(Definition of “exceed” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exceed" in American English

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exceedverb [ T ]

us /ɪkˈsid/

to be greater than a number or amount, or to go beyond a permitted limit:

He was exceeding the speed limit by 15 miles an hour.

(Definition of “exceed” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"exceed" in Business English

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exceedverb [ T ]

uk /ɪkˈsiːd/ us

to be more than a particular number or amount:

The earnings per share far exceeded analysts' estimates of 9 to 10 cents per share.

to go past the level, limit, rate, etc. that you are allowed:

Customers who exceed their credit limits will be charged a fee.

(Definition of “exceed” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)