Exceed and accede are a pair of words with similar sound but different spellings and meanings. The pair of words is a source of continuous confusion among young writers and learners when they can’t decide what should be in their sentence. This article will explain the meanings, usage, difference and origins of both the words along with appropriate examples.
Exceed originated from late Middle English (in the sense ‘go over a boundary or specified point’): from Old French exceder, from Latin excedere, from ex- ‘out’ + cedere ‘go’. Accede originated from late Middle English (in the general sense ‘come forward, approach’): from Latin accedere, from ad- ‘to’ + cedere ‘give way, yield’.
Exceed as verb:
Accede as verb:
The cost of cleaning up an abandoned uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan is expected to exceed $250 million, more than 10 times the original estimate – and the provincial and federal governments are divided on how the burden will be shared. (The Star-Phoenix)
While the U.S., the U.N. and the rest of the Quartet on Palestine acceded to the Israeli demand not to come to Jerusalem and the occupied territories, the Israeli political leadership continues to accuse Palestinian leaders while the Israeli army contradicts the political branch and insists that the Ramallah-based leadership is not involved in encouraging the current attacks. (The World Post)
Exceed or accede:
Exceed means to be larger or greater in quantity, to go beyond a limit. Accede means to take on the duties of an office, to agree to, to be a party to a treaty, to give in to demands. You should never exceed the speed limit on roads and you should appreciate if your boss accedes to your request of leaning early.