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  1. suc·ceed
  2. verb

    • 1. achieve the desired aim or result:

      he succeeded in winning a pardon a mission which could not possibly succeed
      Synonym : triumph, be victorious, achieve success, be successful, be a success, do well, make good, prosper, flourish, thrive, advance, make it, make the grade, cut it, crack it, make a name for oneself, make one's mark, get somewhere, do all right for oneself, arrive, find a place in the sun, be successful, turn out well, work, work out, go as planned, get results, be effective, be profitable, come off, pay off, pan out, do the trick
    • 2. take over a throne, inheritance, office, or other position from:

      he would succeed Hawke as Prime Minister
      Synonym : replace, take the place of, take over from, come after, follow, supersede, supplant, displace, oust, remove, unseat, usurp, step into someone's shoes, fill someone's shoes/boots
    • 3. become the new rightful holder of an inheritance, office, title, or property:

      he succeeded to his father's kingdom
      Synonym : inherit, accede to, assume, take over, come into, acquire, attain, be elevated to
    • 4. come after and take the place of:

      her embarrassment was succeeded by fear
      Synonym : follow, come after, follow after, take the place of, replace
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: succeed, 3rd person present: succeeds, gerund or present participle: succeeding, past tense: succeeded, past participle: succeeded

    • verb

      achieve the desired aim or result:

      attain fame, wealth, or social status:

    • success leads to opportunities for further and greater successes
    • success leads to opportunities for further and greater successes
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