What does succeed mean?

Definitions for succeed
səkˈsidsuc·ceed

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. succeed, win, come through, bring home the bacon, deliver the goodsverb

    attain success or reach a desired goal

    "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"

  2. succeed, come after, followverb

    be the successor (of)

    "Carter followed Ford"; "Will Charles succeed to the throne?"

Wiktionary

  1. succeedverb

    To follow in order; to come next after; hence, to take the place of.

  2. succeedverb

    To obtain the object desired; to accomplish what is attempted or intended; to have a prosperous issue or termination; to be successful.

  3. succeedverb

    To fall heir to; to inherit.

  4. succeedverb

    To come after; to be subsequent or consequent to; to follow; to pursue.

  5. succeedverb

    To support; to prosper; to promote.

  6. succeedverb

    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.

  7. succeedverb

    Specifically: To ascend the throne after the removal the death of the occupant.

  8. succeedverb

    To descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve.

  9. succeedverb

    To go under cover.

  10. Etymology: From succeder, from succedo

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Succeedverb

    In that place no creature was hurtful unto man, and those destructive effects they now discover succeeded the curse, and came in with thorns and briars. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Now frequent trines the happier lights among,
    And high-rais’d Jove from his dark prison freed,
    Those weights took off that on his planet hung,
    Will gloriously the new laid works succeed. Dryden.

    Succeed my wish, and second my design,
    The fairest Deiopeia shall be thine,
    And make thee father of a happy line. John Dryden, Æn.

  2. To SUCCEEDverb

    Etymology: succeder, French; succedo, Latin.

    If I were now to die,
    ’Twere to be most happy; for I fear,
    My soul hath her consent so absolute,
    That not another comfort like to this
    Succeeds in unknown fate. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Those of all ages to succeed will curse my head. John Milton.

    Workmen let it cool by degrees in such relentings of nealing heats, lest it should shiver in pieces by a violent succeeding of air in the room of the fire. Kenelm Digby, on Bodies.

    Enjoy ’till I return
    Short pleasures; for long woes are to succeed. John Milton.

    If the father left only daughters, they equally succeeded to him in copartnership, without prelation or preference of the eldest to a double portion. Matthew Hale.

    Revenge succeeds to love, and rage to grief. Dryden.

    While these limbs the vital spirit feeds,
    While day to night, and night to day succeeds,
    Burnt-off’rings morn and ev’ning shall be thine,
    And fires eternal in thy temples shine. Dryden.

    These dull harmless makers of lampoons are yet of dangerous example to the publick: some witty men may succeed to their designs, and, mixing sense with malice, blast the reputation of the most innocent. Dryden.

    The pretensions of Saul’s family, who received his crown from the immediate appointment of God, ended with his reign; and David, by the same title, succeeded in his throne, to the exclusion of Jonathan. John Locke.

    ’Tis almost impossible for poets to succeed without ambition: imagination must be raised by a desire of fame to a desire of pleasing. Dryden.

    This address I have long thought owing; and if I had never attempted, I might have been vain enough to think I might have succeeded. Dryden.

    A knave’s a knave to me in ev’ry state;
    Alike my scorn, if he succeed or fail:
    Sporus at court, or Japhet in a jail. Alexander Pope.

    If thou deal truly, thy doings shall prosperously succeed to thee. Tob. iv. 6.

    This was impossible for Virgil to imitate, because of the severity of the Roman language: Spencer endeavoured it in Sheperd’s Kalendar; but neither will it succeed in English. Dry.

    Please that silvan scene to take,
    Where whistling winds uncertain shadows make;
    Or will you to the cooler cave succeed,
    Whose mouth the curling vines have overspread. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Succeedverb

    to follow in order; to come next after; hence, to take the place of; as, the king's eldest son succeeds his father on the throne; autumn succeeds summer

  2. Succeedverb

    to fall heir to; to inherit

  3. Succeedverb

    to come after; to be subsequent or consequent to; to follow; to pursue

  4. Succeedverb

    to support; to prosper; to promote

  5. Succeedverb

    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

  6. Succeedverb

    specifically: To ascend the throne after the removal the death of the occupant

  7. Succeedverb

    to descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve

  8. Succeedverb

    to obtain the object desired; to accomplish what is attempted or intended; to have a prosperous issue or termination; to be successful; as, he succeeded in his plans; his plans succeeded

  9. Succeedverb

    to go under cover

  10. Etymology: [L. succedere, successum; sub under + cedere to go, to go along, approach, follow, succeed: cf. F. succder. See Cede, and cf. Success.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Succeed

    suk-sēd′, v.t. to come after, to follow up or in order: to follow: to take the place of.—v.i. to follow in order: to take the place of: to obtain one's wish or accomplish what is attempted: to end with advantage.—adjs. Succeed′able, capable of success; Succeed′ant (her.), following one another.—ns. Succeed′er, one who succeeds: a successor; Success′, act of succeeding or state of having succeeded: the prosperous termination of anything attempted: one who, or that which, succeeds, a successful person or affair.—adj. Success′ful, resulting in success: having the desired effect or termination: prosperous.—adv. Success′fully.—ns. Success′fulness, state of being successful: success; Succes′sion, act of succeeding or following after: series of persons or things following each other in time or place: series of descendants: race: (agri.) rotation, as of crops: right to take possession: in Roman and Scots law, the taking of property by one person in place of another.—adj. Succes′sional, existing in a regular succession or in order.—adv. Succes′sionally.—n. Succes′sionist, one who regards only that priesthood as valid which can be traced in a direct line of succession from the apostles.—adj. Succes′sive, following in succession or in order.—adv. Succes′sively.—n. Succes′siveness.—adj. Success′less, without success: unprosperous.—ns. Succes′sor, one who succeeds or comes after: one who takes the place of another; Succes′sorship.—adj. Succes′sory.—Succession duty, a tax imposed on any succession to property, varying with the degree of relationship.—Apostolical succession (see Apostle). [L. succedĕresub, up, cedĕre, to go.]

Editors Contribution

  1. succeed

    To complete a specific goal or task.

    She and her future husband did succeed with booking their wedding as they were so organized.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 5, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'succeed' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4275

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'succeed' in Verbs Frequency: #377

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of succeed in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of succeed in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of succeed in a Sentence

  1. Charles Caleb Colton:

    To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it for when we fail our pride supports us when we succeed, it betrays us.

  2. Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf:

    Wrongful sales practice behavior in our retail banking business ... runs counter to our vision of helping our customers succeed financially and it is not representative of Wells Fargo as an institution.

  3. John Caplan:

    Alibaba Group aims to empower entrepreneurs and help them succeed on their own terms.

  4. Brian Strow:

    I want Rand to succeed in politics, but if he doesn't, I'll be happy to have my eye doctor back.

  5. Don Bacon:

    You gotta remember, Deb Fisher, one of my best friends, she voted for it in the Senate. [Iowa Republican Sen.] Chuck Grassley, who admire tremendously, voted for it, i thought it was a good bill. Now, there were some things added to it when we were in the minority. I think it went from an A bill to a B bill. But the reason I say that is because I was working on this when Trump was president — it was one of Trump's priorities, it was one of his bills. Just because it was good for President Trump and then ‘bad’ when Biden does it, I don't follow that. I'm an American first. I want America to succeed and this bill was good under Trump, it was good under Biden as far as I'm concerned.

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