succeed

[suhk-seed]
verb (used without object)
1.
to happen or terminate according to desire; turn out successfully; have the desired result: Our efforts succeeded.
2.
to thrive, prosper, grow, or the like: Grass will not succeed in this dry soil.
3.
to accomplish what is attempted or intended: We succeeded in our efforts to start the car.
4.
to attain success in some popularly recognized form, as wealth or standing: The class voted him the one most likely to succeed.
5.
to follow or replace another by descent, election, appointment, etc. (often followed by to ).
6.
to come next after something else in an order or series.
verb (used with object)
7.
to come after and take the place of, as in an office or estate.
8.
to come next after in an order or series, or in the course of events; follow.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English succeden < Latin succēdere to go (from) under, follow, prosper, equivalent to suc- suc- + cēdere to go (see cede)

succeedable, adjective
succeeder, noun
unsucceeded, adjective


1–4. Succeed, flourish, prosper, thrive mean to do well. To succeed is to turn out well, to attain a goal: It is everyone's wish to succeed in life. To flourish is to give evidence of success or a ripe development of power, reputation, etc.: Culture flourishes among free people. To prosper is to achieve and enjoy material success: He prospered but was still discontented. Thrive suggests vigorous growth and development such as results from natural vitality or favorable conditions: The children thrived in the sunshine. 5. See follow.


1–4. fail. 8. precede.
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succeed (səkˈsiːd)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by to) (when intr, often foll by to) (usually foll by to)
1.  (intr) to accomplish an aim, esp in the manner desired: he succeeded in winning
2.  (intr) to happen in the manner desired: the plan succeeded
3.  (intr) to acquit oneself satisfactorily or do well, as in a specified field: to succeed in publishing
4.  to come next in order (after someone or something)
5.  to take over an office, post, etc (from a person): he succeeded to the vice presidency
6.  to come into possession (of property, etc); inherit
7.  (intr) to have a result according to a specified manner: the plan succeeded badly
8.  (intr) to devolve upon: the estate succeeded to his son
 
[C15: from Latin succēdere to follow after, from sub- after + cēdere to go]
 
suc'ceedable
 
adj
 
suc'ceeder
 
n
 
suc'ceeding
 
adj
 
suc'ceedingly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

succeed
late 14c., "come next after, take the place of another," from O.Fr. succeder (14c.), from L. succedere "come after, go near to," from sub "next to, after" + cedere "go, move" (see cede). The sense of "turn out well, have a favorable result" is first recorded late 15c., with
ellipsis of adverb (succeed well).
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Example sentences
AN experiment in democracy that has not yet succeeded or failed.
Against the odds, he succeeded in pushing through the government's policy on
  university tuition fees earlier this year.
Nevertheless, he succeeded in populating the entire district in record time,
  creating a pattern for many later settlements.
By now it is obvious that the law has not succeeded in preventing the under-21
  group from drinking.
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