- An example of succeed is to complete a triathlon.
- An example of succeed is to be the second person in line.
- to come next after another; follow; ensue
- to follow another into office, possession, etc., as by election, appointment, or inheritance: often with to
- Obs. to devolve, as an estate
- to happen or turn out as planned or attempted: a plan that succeeded
- to achieve or accomplish something planned or attempted: to succeed in persuading someone
- to have or enjoy success; realize a goal or goals, esp. in becoming wealthy, winning fame or approval, etc.: to succeed in business
Origin of succeedMiddle English succeden from Classical Latin succedere, to go beneath or under, follow after from sub-, under + cedere, to go: see cede
- to take the place left by; follow into office, etc.
- to come or occur after; follow
verbsuc·ceed·ed, suc·ceed·ing, suc·ceeds
- a. To come next in time or order: She fell sick, and what succeeded was an outpouring of concern from her fans.b. To replace another in office or position: The prince succeeded to the throne. See Synonyms at follow.
- To accomplish something desired or intended: “Success is counted sweetest / By those who ne'er succeed” ( Emily Dickinson )
- Obsolete To pass to a person by way of inheritance.
- To come after (something) in time or order; follow: Winter succeeds autumn.
- To come after and take the place of: The heir succeeded the king.
Origin of succeedMiddle English succeden from Old French succeder from Latin succēdere sub- near ; see sub- . cēdere to go ; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present succeeds, present participle succeeding, simple past and past participle succeeded)
- 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.
- To obtain the object desired; to accomplish what is attempted or intended; to have a prosperous issue or termination; to be successful.
- To come after; to be subsequent or consequent to; to follow; to pursue.
- To support; to prosper; to promote.
- 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.
- To descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve.
- To go under cover.
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")