• WordNet 3.6
    • v succeed be the successor (of) "Carter followed Ford","Will Charles succeed to the throne?"
    • v succeed 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Only 3 words in the English language end in "ceed": "proceed," "exceed," and "succeed."
    • Succeed To ascend the throne after the removal the death of the occupant. "No woman shall succeed in Salique land."
    • Succeed To come after; to be subsequent or consequent to; to follow; to pursue. "Destructive effects . . . succeeded the curse."
    • Succeed 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. "If the father left only daughters, they equally succeeded to him in copartnership.""Enjoy till I return
      Short pleasures; for long woes are to succeed !"
    • Succeed To descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve.
    • Succeed To fall heir to; to inherit.
    • Succeed 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. "As he saw him nigh succeed ."
    • Succeed To go under cover. "Will you to the cooler cave succeed !"
    • Succeed 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 . "It is almost impossible for poets to succeed without ambition.""Spenser endeavored it in Shepherd's Kalendar; but neither will it succeed in English."
    • Succeed To support; to prosper; to promote. "Succeed my wish and second my design."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The biggest bell is the "Tsar Kolokol" cast in the Kremlin in 1733. It weighs 216 tons, but alas, is cracked and has never been rung. The bell was being stored in a Moscow shed which caught fire. To "save" it, caretakers decided to throw water on the bell. This did not succeed, as the water hit the superheated metal and a giant piece immediately cracked off, destroying the bell forever.
    • succeed To follow; come after; be subsequent or consequent to.
    • succeed To take the place of; be heir or successor to.
    • succeed To fall heir to; inherit.
    • succeed To prosper; give success to.
    • succeed To follow; be subsequent; come after; come next; come in the place of another or of that which has preceded.
    • succeed To become heir; take the place of one who has died; specifically, to ascend a throne after the removal or death of the occupant.
    • succeed To come down by order of succession; descend; devolve.
    • succeed To arrive at a happy issue; be successful in any endeavor; meet with success; obtain the object desired; accomplish what is attempted or intended.
    • succeed To terminate according to desire; turn out successfully; have the desired result: as, his plan succeeded admirably.
    • succeed To descend.
    • succeed To approach by following. Synonyms Follow, Succeed, Ensue. See follow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In high school, Robin Williams was voted 'Least Likely to Succeed.''
    • v.t Succeed suk-sēd′ to come after, to follow up or in order: to follow: to take the place of
    • v.i Succeed to follow in order: to take the place of: to obtain one's wish or accomplish what is attempted: to end with advantage
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  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    “It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.”
  • Seneca
    “Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.”
  • Charles M. Schwab
    “A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “It is not enough to succeed, others must fail.”
  • Gore Vidal
    “Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Men are born to succeed, not to fail.”


If at first you don't succeed try try again - When you fail, try until you get it right!
Succeed in the clutch - If you succeed in the clutch, you perform at a crucial time; it is particularly used in sports for the decisive moments of the game. The opposite is 'fail in the clutch.'


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. succedere, successum,; sub, under + cedere, to go, to go along, approach, follow, succeed: cf. F. succéder,. See Cede, and cf. Success


In literature:

He succeeded Mr. Davis as principal.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922" by Various
He succeeded Montmagny, whose term of office had expired.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Francis I. was succeeded by his son Henry II., a warlike prince, but destitute of prudence, and under the control of women.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Stradella succeeds in deceiving Bassi and aided by his friend carries her off during the Carnival.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The shrewd plan of Themistocles had succeeded.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
But now," he continued, and his voice grew terrible, "the judge succeeds the benefactor.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
It began its work in a quarrel between the two sons as to who should succeed their uncle as king of Thebes.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Should he succeed, the player tagged changes places with him.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
Should I not succeed in coming up with her, then it would be a hopeless case indeed.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
In any case, you will not succeed in stopping it.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various

In poetry:

My never-ceasing songs shall show
The mercies of the Lord;
And make succeeding ages know
How faithful is his word.
"Psalm 89 part 1" by Isaac Watts
He who WILL succeed, he MUST,
When he's bid false hopes farewell,
If he firmly fix his trust
In his God, and in hissel.
"Take Heart!" by John Hartley
"To all my storms and dangers past,
If joys like these succeed,
My utmost wish is crown'd at last,
And I am rich indeed.
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
"Rising, falling, waxing, waning,
Men and nations come and go;
Reaching glory, then declining,
As the ebb succeeds the flow.
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
In all my life I never knew
A creature to do well without it.
What! have no energy to do,
And yet succeed?—I really doubt it.
"No Energy" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Of that
I am unconscious. All I could confess
Were, that it does seem strange unto myself,
How, in this bosom, such a pleasing calm
Can suddenly succeed to such a tossing.
"Nathan The Wise - Act III" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

The Beauty of Strategy—Plan to Succeed.
Longtime foster parent writes book about getting past abuse, succeeding.
Dozens of children in Omaha will never forget the night they heard words of wisdom from a man who is proof that foster children can succeed.
And I think both Ford and I succeeded in making pretty good scenes with him.
The Houston mayoral election doesn't occur until November, but the race to succeed Bob Lanier is already the talk of the town.
One veteran freelancer 's 4 strategies for succeeding with shorts.
Have succeeded, and the state of Delaware is helping them try to prove it, the Delmarva Media Group reported.
He succeeds former CFO/Treasurer Ron Ocasek, who retired on July 1.
Most women agree that style is an important tool for succeeding at work, at home and in life.
He succeeds Enrico Marinelli, who is staying on as executive vice president in charge of licensing and emerging markets.
It shows a Google Android phone running a Spotify app that appears to succeed in porting the full Spotify experience — still not available to most Americans — to a mobile phone.
Currently CEO of FremantleMedia North America, which also is behind "The X Factor," she will succeed Tony Cohen, who is stepping down.
He succeeded his father, who had held the position since 1977.
How to Succeed in Your Office Oscar Pool Without Really Trying.
Business Do's and Don'ts to Help Your Startup Succeed.

In science:

In summary, we have succeeded in obtaining an expression of an angular momentum conservation law in RiemannCartan space-time.
Angular momentum conservation law in Einstein-Cartan space-time
In addition if the functionals r and g are regular then we must succeed to Rule (O).
q-convolution and its q-Fourier transform
Suppose that we are trying to extract to the right the letter σi at position p, and we do not succeed.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
Since we succeeded in computation of mean values of some quantities (traces, entropy) averaged over the ensemble of unistochastic matrices, our results provide some information concerning this issue.
Random unistochastic matrices
Monte Carlo data to succeed rather well in reconstructing events.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction