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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)


  • IPA(key): /səkˈsiːd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːd
  • Hyphenation: suc‧ceed


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

  1. (transitive) To follow something in sequence or time.
    Autumn succeeds summer.
  2. (transitive) To replace or supplant someone in order vis-à-vis an office, position, or title.
    The king's eldest son succeeds his father on the throne.
    Synonym: take the place of
  3. (intransitive) To prevail in obtaining an intended objective or accomplishment; to prosper as a result or conclusion of a particular effort.
    The persecution of any righteous practice has never succeeded in the face of history; in fact, it can expedite the collapse of the persecutory regime.
  4. (intransitive) To come after or follow; to be subsequent or consequent.
  5. To support; to prosper; to promote.
    • 1697, “(please specify the book number)”, in Virgil; John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 403869432:
      Succeed my wish and second my design.
  6. (intransitive) 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 or death of the occupant.
      Princess Buttercup succeeded to the throne as queen after King Willoughby died.
  7. To descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve.
  8. To go under cover.(Can we add an example for this sense?)
  9. (obsolete, rare) To fall heir to; to inherit.
    So, if the issue of the elder son succeed before the younger, I am king.
  10. (obsolete, rare) To ensue with an intended consequence or effect.



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