AskDefine | Define excel

Dictionary Definition

excel v : distinguish oneself; "She excelled in math" [syn: stand out, surpass] [also: excelling, excelled]

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excellere, excelsum; ex out + a root found in culmen height, top; Compare French exceller. See also culminate, column.


  1. To surpass someone or something; to be better or do better than someone or something.
    I excelled everyone else with my exam results.
  2. To be much better than others.
    • 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: . Book 1, Part 2.
      If, then, there is something in what the poets say, and jealousy is natural to the divine power, it would probably occur in this case above all, and all who excelled in this knowledge would be unfortunate.


transitive: to surpass someone or something
  • Finnish: olla parempi
  • French: dépasser
  • trreq German
  • Hungarian: felülmúl, túltesz
  • Italian: superare
  • Japanese: 超える, 越える
  • Nahuatl: tlamiauati
  • Portuguese: superar, ultrapassar, exceler
  • Russian: превосходить
  • Spanish: aventajar, superar
intransitive: to be much better than others
  • trreq Chinese
  • Dutch: uitblinken
  • trreq Esperanto
  • Finnish: loistaa, olla erittäin hyvä
  • French: dépasser
  • German: sich hervortun
  • trreq Hebrew
  • Hungarian: kimagaslik, kiemelkedik, jeleskedik, kitűnik
  • Italian: superare
  • Japanese: 超える, 越える
  • Portuguese: distinguir-se
  • Russian: выделяться
  • Spanish: sobresalir, distinguirse
  • trreq Swedish


Extensive Definition

Excel may refer to:
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See also

excel in German: Excel
excel in French: Excel (homonymie)
excel in Korean: 엑셀
excel in Italian: Excel
excel in Japanese: エクセル

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

be born for, be master of, beat, best, better, cap, dominate, eclipse, exceed, go beyond, go one better, improve on, outdo, outpace, outrank, outshine, outstrip, outweigh, overbalance, overbear, overcome, overpass, overshadow, overtop, perfect, predominate, preponderate, prevail, shine, shine in, surpass, top, tower above, tower over, transcend, trump
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