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Borrowed from Latin succēdere, from sub + cēdō.


  • IPA(key): /sutˈt͡ʃɛ
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  • Rhymes: -ɛdere
  • Hyphenation: suc‧cè‧de‧re


succèdere (first-person singular present succèdo, first-person singular past historic succèssi or (more common in the sense "to succeed (someone in an office)"; not in the sense "to happen") succedétti or (ditto, traditional) succedètti, past participle succèsso or (more common in the sense "to succeed (someone in an office)"; not in the sense "to happen") succedùto, auxiliary èssere) (intransitive) [auxiliary essere]

  1. to take the place (of), to succeed (in an office) [+ a (object)]
    Synonym: subentrare
    Ad Augusto, primo imperatore romano, succedette Tiberio.
    Tiberius succeeded Augustus, the first Roman emperor.
    (literally, “To Augustus [] succeeded Tiberius.”)
  2. (obsolete) to fall heir to; to be inherited by (of property) [+ a (object)]
    • [] non avea alcun erede, né a chi legittimamente succedesse il suo
      [he] had no heirs, nor anyone to righfully inherit his [property]
  3. to follow in order; to come after [+ a (object)]
    Synonym: seguire
    All'alba succede il tramonto.
    Sunset comes after sunrise.
    (literally, “To sunrise succeeds sunset.”)
  4. to be subsequent or consequent (to); to follow [+ a (object)]
    Synonym: susseguirsi
    A quelle parole successe un putiferio.
    A ruckus followed those words.
    (literally, “To those words succeeded a ruckus.”)
  5. (obsolete) to be able to, to manage to, to be successful in
    Synonym: riuscire
    • Di ferir lui ¶ Non gli successe, ma del grande Acate ¶ Graffiò la coscia lievemente
      He was not able to hurt him, but he lightly scratched the thigh of the great Achates
  6. to happen, to occur, to take place
    Synonyms: accadere, capitare
    Facciamolo succedere.Let's make that happen.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the meaning "to happen, occur", the verb can only take successi as the past historic form and successo as the past participle form.
  • In the meaning "to succeed (someone in an office)", the verb normally takes succedetti as the remote past form and succeduto as the past participle form.


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Further reading[edit]

  • succedere in Collins Italian-English Dictionary
  • succedere in – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana




  1. second-person singular future passive indicative of succēdō



  1. inflection of succēdō:
    1. present active infinitive
    2. second-person singular present passive imperative/indicative



  • IPA(key): /suk.ˈt͡ʃ
  • Rhymes: -edere
  • Hyphenation: suc‧ce‧de‧re


succedere f (plural succederi)

  1. Alternative form of succedare