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succeed definition


This page has 11 definitions of succeed in English. Succeed is a verb. Examples of how to use succeed in a sentence are shown. Also define these 24 related words and terms: follow, sequence, time, replace, supplant, prevail, obtaining, objective, accomplishment, prosper, subsequent, consequent, vast, support, promote, next, prescribe, descend, heirloom, devolve, under cover, heir, inherit, and ensue.


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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. (transitive) To follow something in sequence or time.
    Autumn succeeds summer.
  2. (transitive) To replace or supplant someone in order vis-à-vis an office, position, or title.
    The king's eldest son succeeds his father on the throne.
    Synonym: take the place of
  3. (intransitive) To prevail in obtaining an intended objective or accomplishment; to prosper as a result or conclusion of a particular effort.
    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.
    • Prevail definition
      To be superior in strength, dominance, influence or frequency; to have or gain the advantage over others; to have the upper hand; to outnumber others. (1 of 4 prevail definitions)
  4. (intransitive) To come after or follow; to be subsequent or consequent.
    • Subsequent definition
      Following in time; coming or being after something else at any time, indefinitely. (1 of 2 subsequent definitions)
    • Vast definition
      Very large or wide (literally or figuratively). (1 of 3 vast definitions)
  5. To support; to prosper; to promote.
    • 1697, “(please specify the book number)”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 403869432:
      Succeed my wish and second my design.
  6. (intransitive) 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.
      Princess Buttercup succeeded to the throne as queen after King Willoughby died.
  7. To descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve.
    • Descend definition
      To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, for example by falling, flowing, walking, climbing etc. (1 of 11 descend definitions)
  8. To go under cover.
  9. (obsolete, rare) To fall heir to; to inherit.
    So, if the issue of the elder son succeed before the younger, I am king.
    • Inherit definition
      To take possession of as a right (especially in Biblical translations). (1 of 8 inherit definitions)
  10. (obsolete, rare) To ensue with an intended consequence or effect.



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