Succeed is defined as to accomplish a goal or to come next.verb
- 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
- Obsolete 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: ME succeden < L succedere, to go beneath or under, follow after < sub-, under + cedere, to go: see cede
- to take the place left by; follow into office, etc.
- to come or occur after; follow
- succeeder noun
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verb suc·ceed·ed, suc·ceed·ing, suc·ceeds verb, intransitive
- To come next in time or succession; follow after another; replace another in an office or a position: She succeeded to the throne.
- To accomplish something desired or intended: “Success is counted sweetest/By those who ne'er succeed” (Emily Dickinson).
- Obsolete To devolve upon a person by way of inheritance.
- To come after in time or order; follow.
- To come after and take the place of. See Synonyms at follow.
Origin: Middle English succeden, from Old French succeder, from Latin succēdere : sub-, near; see sub- + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
- suc·ceˈdent adjective
- suc·ceedˈer noun