Simple Definition of succeed
: to do what you are trying to do : to achieve the correct or desired result
: to happen in the planned or desired way
: to come after (something) in a series
Full Definition of succeed
1a : to come next after another in office or position or in possession of an estate; especially : to inherit sovereignty, rank, or titleb : to follow after another in order
2a : to turn out wellb : to attain a desired object or end <students who succeed in college>
3 obsolete : to pass to a person by inheritance
1 : to follow in sequence and especially immediately
2 : to come after as heir or successor
Examples of succeed
Ghosh's remarkable detective work succeeds in rescuing an entire group of marginalized figures from British and South Asian amnesia, if not outright denial. —Maya Jasanoff, New York Review of Books, 18 Dec. 2008
Enter Gordon Brown. Journalistic legend has it that, over dinner in a trendy London restaurant as long ago as 1994, the two of them settled that Blair would lead the Labour party for an unspecified length of time and Brown would then succeed him. —David Pryce-Jones, National Review, 28 May 2007
Maguire, a freelance writer who specializes in culture and technology and recently published a book about spelling bees, paints a vivid portrait of Sullivan as a tough-minded micromanager who tightly controlled every aspect of his show, even telling Ella Fitzgerald what to sing. Behind the avuncular, slightly befuddled façade viewers knew, he writes, was a man consumed by ambition and driven to succeed at any cost. —Peter Keepnews, New York Times Book Review, 11 June 2006
You can succeed where others failed.
The plan just might succeed.
Their attempt seemed unlikely to succeed.
Both of them have ambitions to succeed the prime minister.
She will succeed him as chair of the committee.
The Queen died and was succeeded by James I.
James I succeeded to the throne upon the Queen's death in 1603.
Origin of succeed
Middle English succeden, from Anglo-French succeeder, from Latin succedere to go up, follow after, succeed, from sub- near + cedere to go — more at sub-
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of succeed
SUCCEED Defined for Kids
Definition of succeed
1 : to achieve a desired result : be successful <Half of them wanted me to mess up, and half of them wanted me to succeed. — Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control>
2 : to turn out well <The plan succeeded.>
3 : to come after : follow <This new model of car succeeds the old one.>
4 : to come next after another person in office or position
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