English Edit

Etymology Edit

From exceed +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation Edit

  • IPA(key): /ɪkˈsiːdɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -iːdɪŋ
  • Hyphenation: ex‧ceed‧ing

Verb Edit


  1. present participle and gerund of exceed

Adjective Edit

exceeding (comparative more exceeding, superlative most exceeding)

  1. (archaic) prodigious
  2. (archaic) exceptional, extraordinary
  3. (archaic) extreme

Adverb Edit

exceeding (comparative more exceeding, superlative most exceeding)

  1. (archaic) Exceedingly.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 7, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes [], book II, London: [] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], →OCLC:
      Those which write the life of Augustus Cæsar, note this in his military discipline, that he was exceeding liberall and lavish in his gifts to such as were of any desert [].
    • 1905, The Myths of Plato, page 442:
      [] a mighty huge hole or gulf all round, in manner of a hollow globe cut through the midst, exceeding deep and horrible to see to, full of much darkness, []

Usage notes Edit

  • The adverbial usage was very common in the 17th and 18th centuries, but is now considered archaic.

Noun Edit

exceeding (plural exceedings)

  1. The situation of being in excess.
    • 1812, Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons and Command, page 198:
      I have to say it appears to me in the first place, that the exceedings of expenditure beyond estimate appearing upon that account, do not give to the Grand Canal company the slightest legal right to any public money []

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