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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Succeed \Suc*ceed"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Succeeded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Succeeding}.] [L. succedere, successum; sub under + cedere to go, to go along, approach, follow, succeed: cf. F. succ['e]der. See {Cede}, and cf. {Success}.]

1. 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. --Spenser.

2. To fall heir to; to inherit. [Obs. & R.] --Shak.

3. To come after; to be subsequent or consequent to; to follow; to pursue.

Destructive effects . . . succeeded the curse. --Sir T. Browne.

4. To support; to prosper; to promote. [R.]

Succeed my wish and second my design. --Dryden.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Succeed \Suc*ceed"\, verb (used without an object)

1. 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. --Sir M. Hale.

Enjoy till I return Short pleasures; for long woes are to succeed! --Milton.

2. Specifically: To ascend the throne after the removal the death of the occupant.

No woman shall succeed in Salique land. --Shak.

3. To descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve. --Shak.

4. 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. --Dryden.

Spenser endeavored it in Shepherd's Kalendar; but neither will it succeed in English. --Dryden.

5. To go under cover. [A latinism. Obs.]

Will you to the cooler cave succeed! --Dryden.

Syn: To follow; pursue. See {Follow}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

succeed

verb

1: 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" [syn: {succeed}, {win}, {come through}, {bring home the bacon}, {deliver the goods}] [ant: {fail}, {go wrong}, {miscarry}]

2: be the successor (of); "Carter followed Ford"; "Will Charles succeed to the throne?" [syn: {succeed}, {come after}, {follow}] [ant: {come before}, {precede}]


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