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.
- suc·ceed·a·ble, adjective
- suc·ceed·er, noun
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How to use succeed in a sentence
Because he's a rather clever old scoundrel, and he'll know that I'm a succeeder—a getter.Happy House | Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
British Dictionary definitions for succeed
(intr) to accomplish an aim, esp in the manner desired: he succeeded in winning
(intr) to happen in the manner desired: the plan succeeded
(intr) to acquit oneself satisfactorily or do well, as in a specified field: to 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 manner: the plan succeeded badly
(intr) to devolve upon: the estate succeeded to his son
- succeedable, adjective
- succeeder, noun
- succeeding, adjective
- succeedingly, adverb
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