EXCEL', v.t. [L. excello, the root of which, cello, is not in use.1. To go beyond; to exceed; to surpass in good qualities or laudable deeds; to outdo.Excelling others, these were great;Thou greater still, must these excel.Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Prov.31.2. To exceed or go beyond in bad qualities or deeds.3. To exceed; to surpass.
EXCEL', v.i. To have good qualities, or to perform meritorious actions, in an unusual degree; to be eminent, illustrious or distinguished.Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength. Ps.103.
We say, to excel in mathematics; to excel in painting; to excel in heroic achievements.