- 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 succeed
On Thursday, Garcetti ruled himself out of the race to succeed Boxer.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
I really wanted Trenchmouth to succeed and at the time wished we were as big as Green Day.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
Tyrangiel, 42, was considered a candidate to succeed Winkler.Inside Bloomberg News’ Shock Shake-Up
December 9, 2014
No one wanted them to succeed, not the cops, the heroes, not the villains.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’
December 6, 2014
These preliminary results give us hope that the project will succeed in the coming years.The Secret to Tracking Ebola, MERS, and Flu? Sewers
November 29, 2014
Uncle Peter did succeed in walking as far as Madison Square.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I endeavoured to obtain sight of him, but he was so wrapped and clothed that I did not succeed.
I strive to be useful to my fellow-creatures, and am happy if I succeed.
To-night we did not succeed in getting the howitzer into camp.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
Self-government can succeed only through an instructed electorate.
- (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 succeed
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).