Definition of


  1. (verb, stative) distinguish oneself

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Synonyms of Excel

stand out, surpass

Alternate forms of Excel

Derivations: excellence, excellent

Hyponyms: exceed, excel at, go past, outrank, overstep, pass, rank, shine at, top, transcend

Origin of the word Excel

  1. c.1400, from L. excellere "to rise, surpass, be eminent," from ex- "out from" + -cellere "rise high, tower," related to celsus "high, lofty, great," from PIE base *kel-/*kol- "to rise, be elevated" (see hill). Related: Excelled; excelling. more

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Words that sound like Excel

e. coli, eagle, easel, easily, easy lay, echolalia, egg cell, eggshell, equal, equally, exhale, exile, ezechiel, ezekiel

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