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From Latin succēdere, present active infinitive of succēdō, 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 (except in the meaning "to happen") succedéi or (except in the meaning "to happen") succedètti, past participle succèsso or (except in the meaning "to happen") succedùto, auxiliary essere) (intransitive)

  1. to succeed, particularly:
  2. (with dative) to take the place (of)
    1. 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
  3. 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 remote past form and 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