To rise above; to surmount; as, lights in the heavens transcending the region of the clouds.
- To pass beyond the limits of: emotions that transcend understanding.
- To be greater than, as in intensity or power; surpass: love that transcends infatuation. See Synonyms at excel.
- To exist above and independent of (material experience or the universe): "One never can see the thing in itself, because the mind does not transcend phenomena” ( Hilaire Belloc).
- To be transcendent; excel.