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1 to turn out as planned or desired
  • the advertising campaign that finally succeeded used humor to sell the product

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2 to reach a desired level of accomplishment
  • if you want to succeed in show business, you have to feel comfortable in front of an audience

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3 to come after in time
  • only the results on election day will tell who will succeed the current president

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How is the word succeed different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of succeed are ensue, follow, and supervene. While all these words mean "to come after something or someone," succeed implies a coming after immediately in a sequence determined by natural order, inheritance, election, or laws of rank.

she succeeded her father as head of the business

When can ensue be used instead of succeed?

While in some cases nearly identical to succeed, ensue commonly suggests a logical consequence or naturally expected development.

after the talk a general discussion ensued

When could follow be used to replace succeed?

The words follow and succeed are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, follow may apply to a coming after in time, position, or logical sequence.

speeches followed the dinner

When is supervene a more appropriate choice than succeed?

The synonyms supervene and succeed are sometimes interchangeable, but supervene suggests the following or beginning of something unforeseen or unpredictable.

unable to continue because of supervening circumstances

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The first known use of succeed was in the 14th century

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“Succeed.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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