- being that which follows; subsequent; ensuing: laws to benefit succeeding generations.
Origin of succeeding
- 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 succeeding
Pentagon leaders agree to a person that the U.S. war against ISIS is succeeding.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
Succeeding beyond expectations, AIG actually managed to pay them back in full and provide them with a $23 billion profit by 2012.Remember the $182 Billion AIG Bailout? It Just Wasn’t Generous Enough
October 15, 2014
On the other hand, “Booty” is an example of Lopez venturing into the campier arenas of pop music and succeeding.Jennifer Lopez’s ‘A.K.A.’ Is Terrible. What Happened to Her Music?
June 17, 2014
One guy is trying (and, sort of, succeeding) at turning this into an Airplane joke.Most Creative ‘Net Neutrality’ Comments on the FCC Website
June 9, 2014
Both are tremendously talented, smart leaders who have built careers failing, adapting, and then succeeding.The GOP’s Long, Hard Road in California
May 8, 2014
There was something, however, to be disclosed on the succeeding day.
Let them ponder on the probability of succeeding with the people.Sunday under Three Heads
Little by little during the succeeding two days he pieced out the situation.Quaint Courtships
The sun found the Lenape, on the succeeding day, a nation of mourners.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
He knew then that the Southern advance was succeeding, succeeding so far at least.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- (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 succeeding
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).