- to happen or terminate according to desire; turn out successfully; have the desired result: Our efforts succeeded.
- to thrive, prosper, grow, or the like: Grass will not succeed in this dry soil.
- to accomplish what is attempted or intended: We succeeded in our efforts to start the car.
- to attain success in some popularly recognized form, as wealth or standing: The class voted him the one most likely to succeed.
- to follow or replace another by descent, election, appointment, etc. (often followed by to).
- to come next after something else in an order or series.
- to come after and take the place of, as in an office or estate.
- to come next after in an order or series, or in the course of events; follow.
Origin of succeed
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Examples from the Web for succeeded
Eric Garcetti succeeded Villaraigosa and has received high marks in his first year and a half on the job.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
It was a Republican Congress working with a Democratic president that succeeded in passing the welfare reform bill the first time.To GOP Congress, as Usual, It’s Welfare on the Chopping Block
December 25, 2014
Ironically, Trotter had succeeded in tightening a censorship bill but failed to stop the movie.The Fight to Ban ‘Birth of a Nation’
November 20, 2014
Watchers of the Sky examines the legacy of Raphael Lemkin, the man who succeeded in making genocide an international crime.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
And, as with most things the artist set out doing, he succeeded.Revealing The Unseen Picasso
November 3, 2014
Everybody said that he had only succeeded in showing that his resignation was unnecessary.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
To Cimabue succeeded his pupil, the famous Giotto, who died in 1337.
It was not, however, before the lapse of several months that he succeeded.
But if this succeeded with Hester and Mark, how with Cornelius?
Even had Shakespeare tried to hide himself in his work, he could not have succeeded.The Man Shakespeare
- (intr) to accomplish an aim, esp in the manner desiredhe succeeded in winning
- (intr) to happen in the manner desiredthe plan succeeded
- (intr) to acquit oneself satisfactorily or do well, as in a specified fieldto succeed in publishing
- (when intr, often foll by to) to come next in order (after someone or something)
- (when intr, often foll by to) to take over an office, post, etc (from a person)he succeeded to the vice presidency
- (intr usually foll by to) to come into possession (of property, etc); inherit
- (intr) to have a result according to a specified mannerthe plan succeeded badly
- (intr) to devolve uponthe estate succeeded to his son
Word Origin and History for succeeded
late 14c., "come next after, take the place of another," from Old French succeder (14c.), from Latin succedere "come after, go near to," from sub "next to, after" (see sub-) + cedere "go, move" (see cede). Meaning "to continue, endure" is from early 15c. The sense of "turn out well, have a favorable result" is first recorded late 15c., with ellipsis of adverb (succeed well).