v. suc·ceed·ed, suc·ceed·ing, suc·ceeds
a. To come next in time or order: She fell sick, and what succeeded was an outpouring of concern from her fans.
2. To accomplish something desired or intended: “Success is counted sweetest / By those who ne’er succeed” (Emily Dickinson).
3. Obsolete To pass to a person by way of inheritance.
1. To come after (something) in time or order; follow: Winter succeeds autumn.
2. To come after and take the place of: The heir succeeded the king.
suc·ce′dent (sək-sēd′nt) adj.
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1. (intr) to accomplish an aim, esp in the manner desired: he succeeded in winning.
2. (intr) to happen in the manner desired: the plan succeeded.
3. (intr) to acquit oneself satisfactorily or do well, as in a specified field: to succeed in publishing.
4. (when: intr, often foll by to) to come next in order (after someone or something)
5. (Professions) (when: intr, often foll by to) to take over an office, post, etc (from a person): he succeeded to the vice presidency.
6. (Law) (usually foll by: to) to come into possession (of property, etc); inherit
7. (intr) to have a result according to a specified manner: the plan succeeded badly.
8. (Law) (intr) to devolve upon: the estate succeeded to his son.
[C15: from Latin succēdere to follow after, from sub- after + cēdere to go]
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1. to happen or terminate according to desire; turn out successfully: Our efforts succeeded.
2. to thrive, grow, or the like.
3. to accomplish what is attempted or intended: We succeeded in our efforts.
4. to attain success in some popularly recognized form, as wealth or standing.
5. to follow or replace another by descent, election, etc. (often fol. by to).
6. to come next after something else in an order or series.
7. to come after and take the place of, as in an office.
8. to come next after in an order or series, or in the course of events; follow.
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If you succeed in doing something that involves difficulty or effort, you do it.
I succeeded in getting the job.
She had succeeded in deceiving Michael.
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Past participle: succeeded
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