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From Latin succēdere, present active infinitive of succēdō, from sub + cēdō.


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


succedere (intransitive)

  1. to succeed, particularly:
    1. (with dative) to take the place (of).
      Synonym: subentrare
      Ad Augusto, primo imperatore romano, succedette Tiberio.
      Tiberius succeeded Augustus, the first Roman emperor.
      (literally, “To Augustus [] succeeded Tiberius.”)
    2. (obsolete, of property) to fall heir to; to inherit
    • [] non avea alcun erede, né a chi legittimamente succedesse il suo
      [he] had no heirs, nor anyone to righfully inherit his [property]
    1. (with dative) to follow in order; to come after
      Synonym: seguire
      All'alba succede il tramonto.
      Sunset comes after sunrise.
      (literally, “To sunrise succeeds sunset.”)
    2. (with dative) to be subsequent or consequent (to); to follow
      Synonym: susseguirsi
      A quelle parole successe un putiferio.
      A ruckus followed those words.
      (literally, “To those words succeeded a ruckus.”)
    3. (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
  2. 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 successo as the past participle form.


Related terms[edit]




  1. second-person singular future passive indicative of succēdō



  1. present active infinitive of succēdō
  2. second-person singular present passive imperative of succēdō
  3. second-person singular present passive indicative of succēdō