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Meaning of succeed by Wiktionary Dictionary

succeed


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    Etymology

    From Old French succeder, from Latin succedere ( “to go under, go from under, come under, approach, follow, take the place of, receive by succession, prosper, be successful” )

    Pronunciation

    • Rhymes: -iːd

    Verb

    succeed ( third-person singular simple present succeeds present participle succeeding, simple past and past participle succeeded )

    1. To follow in order; to come next after; hence, to take the place of .
      The king's eldest son succeeds his father on the throne .
      Autumn succeeds summer .
    2. To obtain the object desired; to accomplish what is attempted or intended; to have a prosperous issue or termination; to be successful .
    3. To fall heir to; to inherit .
    4. To come after; to be subsequent or consequent to; to follow; to pursue .
    5. To support; to prosper; to promote .
    6. To come in the place of another person, thing, or event; to come next in the usual, natural, or prescribed course of things; to follow; hence, to come next in the possession of anything; -- often with to .
    7. Specifically: To ascend the throne after the removal the death of the occupant .
    8. To descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve .
    9. To go under cover .

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Explanation of succeed by Wordnet Dictionary

succeed


    Verb
    1. be the successor ( of )

    2. Will Charles succeed to the throne?
    3. attain success or reach a desired goal

    4. The enterprise succeeded
      We succeeded in getting tickets to the show


    Definition of succeed by GCIDE Dictionary

    succeed


    1. Succeed v. t. [imp. & p. p. Succeeded; p. pr. & vb. n. Succeeding.] [L. succedere, successum; sub under + cedere to go, to go along, approach, follow, succeed: cf. F. succéder. See Cede, and cf. Success.]
      1. To follow in order; to come next after; hence, to take the place of; as, “the king's eldest son succeeds his father on the throne; autumn succeeds summer”.

      As he saw him nigh succeed. Spenser.

      2. To fall heir to; to inherit. [Obs. & R.] Shak.

      3. To come after; to be subsequent or consequent to; to follow; to pursue.

      Destructive effects . . . succeeded the curse. Sir T. Browne.

      4. To support; to prosper; to promote. [R.]

      Succeed my wish and second my design. Dryden.

    2. Succeed, v. i.
      1. To come in the place of another person, thing, or event; to come next in the usual, natural, or prescribed course of things; to follow; hence, to come next in the possession of anything; -- often with to.

      If the father left only daughters, they equally succeeded to him in copartnership. Sir M. Hale.

      Enjoy till I return

      Short pleasures; for long woes are to succeed! Milton.

      2. Specifically: To ascend the throne after the removal the death of the occupant.

      No woman shall succeed in Salique land. Shak.

      3. To descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve. Shak.

      4. To obtain the object desired; to accomplish what is attempted or intended; to have a prosperous issue or termination; to be successful; as, “he succeeded in his plans; his plans succeeded”.

      It is almost impossible for poets to succeed without ambition. Dryden.

      Spenser endeavored it in Shepherd's Kalendar; but neither will it succeed in English. Dryden.

      5. To go under cover. [A latinism. Obs.]

      Will you to the cooler cave succeed! Dryden.

      Syn. -- To follow; pursue. See Follow.