Ex·cel v. t. [imp. & p. p. Excelled p. pr. & vb. n. Excelling.]
1. To go beyond or surpass in good qualities or laudable deeds; to outdo or outgo, in a good sense.
Excelling others, these were great;
Thou, greater still, must these excel. --Prior.
I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. --Eccl. ii. 13.
2. To exceed or go beyond; to surpass.
She opened; but to shut
Excelled her power; the gates wide open stood. --Milton.
Ex·cel, v. i. To surpass others in good qualities, laudable actions, or acquirements; to be distinguished by superiority; as, to excel in mathematics, or classics.
Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel. --Gen. xlix. 4.
Then peers grew proud in horsemanship t' excel. --Pope.
v : distinguish oneself; "She excelled in math" [syn: stand out,
[also: excelling, excelled]