excel verb definition in Clever topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

excel

 verb: Clever topic
1 [intransitive] to be very good at doing something excel (in/at something) She has always excelled in foreign languages. As a child he excelled at music and art. excel (at doing something) The team excels at turning defence into attack.2 [transitive] excel yourself (British English) to do extremely well and even better than you usually do Rick's cooking was always good but this time he really excelled himself.