succeed

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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)

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succeed (third-person singular simple present succeeds, present participle succeeding, simple past and past participle succeeded)

  1. 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.
  2. To obtain the object desired; to accomplish what is attempted or intended; to have a prosperous issue or termination; to be successful.
  3. (obsolete, rare) To fall heir to; to inherit.
    So, if the issue of the elder son succeed before the younger, I am king.
  4. To come after; to be subsequent or consequent to; to follow; to pursue.
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      Destructive effects [] succeeded the curse.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 49
      Her arms were like legs of mutton, her breasts like giant cabbages; her face, broad and fleshy, gave you an impression of almost indecent nakedness, and vast chin succeeded to vast chin.
  5. To support; to prosper; to promote.
    • Dryden
      Succeed my wish and second my design.
  6. 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.
  7. To descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve.
  8. To go under cover.

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