verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. suc-,
  2. succah,
  3. succedaneum,
  4. succedent,
  5. succedent house,
  6. succeeding,
  7. succentor,
  8. success,
  9. success story,
  10. successful

Origin of succeed

1325–75; Middle English succeden < Latin succēdere to go (from) under, follow, prosper, equivalent to suc- suc- + cēdere to go (see cede)

1–4. Succeed, flourish, prosper, thrive mean to do well. To succeed is to turn out well, to attain a goal: It is everyone's wish to succeed in life. To flourish is to give evidence of success or a ripe development of power, reputation, etc.: Culture flourishes among free people. To prosper is to achieve and enjoy material success: He prospered but was still discontented. Thrive suggests vigorous growth and development such as results from natural vitality or favorable conditions: The children thrived in the sunshine. 5. See follow.

Related formssuc·ceed·a·ble, adjectivesuc·ceed·er, nounun·suc·ceed·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for succeed



(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
Derived Formssucceedable, adjectivesucceeder, nounsucceeding, adjectivesucceedingly, adverb

Word Origin for succeed

C15: from Latin succēdere to follow after, from sub- after + cēdere to go

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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).

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