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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Excel \Ex*cel"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Excelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Excelling}.] [L. excellere, excelsum; ex out + a root found in culmen height, top; cf. F. exceller. See {Culminate}, {Column}.]

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.


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