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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: succedere 'to go up, follow after, succeed', from sub- 'near' + cedere 'to go'

succeed

verb
     
suc‧ceed S3 W2
1 [intransitive] to do what you tried or wanted to do:
She wanted to be the first woman to climb Mount Everest, and she almost succeeded.
succeed in doing something
Scientists claim they have succeeded in finding a cure for cancer.
Very few people succeed in losing weight and keeping it off.
! Do not say 'succeed to do'. Say 'succeed in doing': She succeeded in persuading me (NOT succeeded to persuade me).
2 [intransitive] to have the result or effect something was intended to have:
The drug therapy has not succeeded.
3 [intransitive] to do well in your job, especially because you have worked hard at it for a long time
succeed as
I'm not sure he has the determination to succeed as an actor.
succeed in
a woman who succeeded in politics
4 [intransitive and transitive] to be the next person to take a position or job after someone else
succeed somebody as something
Reeves will succeed Segal as Speaker of the House.
succeed somebody to the throne (=to be the next king or queen after someone else)
Who will succeed him to the throne?
5 [transitive] to come after or replace something else, especially another product:
This car is intended to succeed the popular Fiesta.
6

nothing succeeds like success

used to say that success often leads to even greater success
7

only succeed in doing something

used when someone does the opposite of what they intended to do:
It seems I've only succeeded in upsetting you.

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