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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)


  • IPA(key): /səkˈsiːd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːd
  • Hyphenation: suc‧ceed


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.
    The persecution of any righteous practice has never succeeded in the face of history; in fact, it can expedite the collapse of the persecutory regime.
  3. (obsolete, rare) To fall heir to; to inherit.
    So, if the issue of the elder son succeed before the younger, I am king.
  4. To come after; to be subsequent or consequent to; to follow; to pursue.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir Thomas Browne and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Destructive effects [] succeeded the curse.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 49
      Her arms were like legs of mutton, her breasts like giant cabbages; her face, broad and fleshy, gave you an impression of almost indecent nakedness, and vast chin succeeded to vast chin.
  5. To support; to prosper; to promote.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Succeed my wish and second my design.
  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.
    1. To ascend the throne after the removal the death of the occupant.
  7. To descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve.
  8. To go under cover.



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