[ suhk-seed ]
/ səkˈsid /
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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.
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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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Origin of succeed

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English succeden from Old French succeder, from Latin succēdere “to go (from) under, follow, prosper,” equivalent to suc- suc- + cēdere “to go” (see cede)

synonym study for succeed

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.


suc·ceed·a·ble, adjectivesuc·ceed·er, nounun·suc·ceed·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for succeed

/ (səkˈsiːd) /


Derived forms of succeed

succeedable, 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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