verb (used without object)

  1. to happen or terminate according to desire; turn out successfully; have the desired result: Our efforts succeeded.
  2. to thrive, prosper, grow, or the like: Grass will not succeed in this dry soil.
  3. to accomplish what is attempted or intended: We succeeded in our efforts to start the car.
  4. to attain success in some popularly recognized form, as wealth or standing: The class voted him the one most likely to succeed.
  5. to follow or replace another by descent, election, appointment, etc. (often followed by to).
  6. to come next after something else in an order or series.

verb (used with object)

  1. to come after and take the place of, as in an office or estate.
  2. to come next after in an order or series, or in the course of events; follow.


  1. (intr) to accomplish an aim, esp in the manner desiredhe succeeded in winning
  2. (intr) to happen in the manner desiredthe plan succeeded
  3. (intr) to acquit oneself satisfactorily or do well, as in a specified fieldto succeed in publishing
  4. (when intr, often foll by to) to come next in order (after someone or something)
  5. (when intr, often foll by to) to take over an office, post, etc (from a person)he succeeded to the vice presidency
  6. (intr usually foll by to) to come into possession (of property, etc); inherit
  7. (intr) to have a result according to a specified mannerthe plan succeeded badly
  8. (intr) to devolve uponthe estate succeeded to his son

v.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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