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Definition of "succeed" []

  • To come next in time or succession; follow after another; replace another in an office or a position: She succeeded to the throne. (verb-intransitive)
  • To accomplish something desired or intended: "Success is counted sweetest/By those who ne'er succeed” ( Emily Dickinson). (verb-intransitive)
  • Obsolete To devolve upon a person by way of inheritance. (verb-intransitive)
  • To come after in time or order; follow. (verb-transitive)
  • To come after and take the place of. See Synonyms at follow. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "succeed" in a sentence
  • "Test scores seem like a bad proxy; people score well and don’t succeed at life; and people score poorly and ’succeed’."
  • "Perhaps one way for a magazine or newspaper to succeed is to build a tribe around a unique value proposition that can only be accessed if you read a hard copy."
  • "Seems that a lot of you out there have realized that one of the best ways to succeed is to simply refuse to quit."