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/
- Rhymes: -iːd
- Hyphenation: suc‧ceed
succeed (third-person singular simple present succeeds, present participle succeeding, simple past and past participle succeeded)
- (transitive) To follow something in sequence or time.
Autumn succeeds summer.
- (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
- (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.
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
- (intransitive) To come after or follow; to be subsequent or consequent.
Following in time; coming or being after something else at any time, indefinitely. (1 of 2 subsequent definitions
Very large or wide (literally or figuratively). (1 of 3 vast definitions
- To support; to prosper; to promote.
- Succeed my wish and second my design.
- (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.
- To ascend the throne after the removal the death of the occupant.
Princess Buttercup succeeded to the throne as queen after King Willoughby died.
- To descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve.
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
- To go under cover.
- (obsolete, rare) To fall heir to; to inherit.
So, if the issue of the elder son succeed before the younger, I am king.
To take possession of as a right (especially in Biblical translations)
. (1 of 8 inherit definitions
- (obsolete, rare) To ensue with an intended consequence or effect.
Terms derived from succeed
Terms etymologically related to succeed
To follow in order; to come next after; hence, to take the place of
To obtain the object desired; to accomplish what is attempted or intended; to have a prosperous issue or termination; to be successful
To fall heir to; to inherit
To come after; to be subsequent or consequent to; to follow; to pursue
To come in the place of another person, thing, or event; to come next in the usual, natural, or prescribed course of things
Specifically: To ascend the throne after the removal the death of the occupant
To descend, as an estate or an heirloom
, in the same family; to devolve
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