opposite of exceed
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Phrases Synonymous with exceed
exceed, transcend, overstep, pass, go past, top (verb)
“She exceeded our expectations”; “She topped her performance of last year”
However the word exceed has many varied usage that a single antonym might not be possible. Also I believe that a one word antonym might not be the best choice for exceed.
TFD: 3. to keep in a specified state, position, etc.
ODO: keep (something) at the same level or rate
Nocturnal means ‘done, occurring, or active at night’. Its opposite is diurnal, though this term is not as common. There is also a zoological term to describe animals that are active in twilight: they are known as crepuscular.
The word aestivation is roughly opposite in meaning, but it isn’t in general use and it doesn’t refer to mammals. It’s a specialist zoological term referring to the prolonged dormancy of an insect, fish, or amphibian during a hot (or dry) period.
The sudden transition from sorrow and despair to this excess of joy excited him infinitely.
Shake off any excess flour and gently place in the heated oil.