Definitions for: Succeed


[v] be the successor (of); "Carter followed Ford"; "Will Charles succeed to the throne?"
[v] attain success or reach a goal; "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"



Webster (1913) Definition: Suc*ceed", 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.
succ['e]der. 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.


Suc*ceed", 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.

Synonyms: come after, come through, follow, win

Antonyms: come before, fail, go wrong, miscarry, precede

See Also: accede to, accomplish, achieve, act, arrive, assay, attain, attempt, bring off, carry off, clear, enter upon, essay, get in, go far, hit, luck out, make it, manage, nail, nail down, negociate, pan out, pass, peg, pull off, reach, replace, run, seek, supersede, supervene upon, supplant, try, work

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