American English

Definition of succeed verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they succeed
    he / she / it succeeds
    past simple succeeded
    -ing form succeeding
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  1. 1[intransitive] to achieve something that you have been trying to do or get; to have the result or effect that was intended Our plan succeeded. succeed in doing something He succeeded in being accepted to art school. I tried to discuss it with her but only succeeded in making her angry (= I failed and did the opposite of what I intended). see also success
  2. 2[intransitive] to be successful in your job, earning money, power, respect, etc. You will have to work hard if you want to succeed. succeed in something She doesn't have the ruthlessness required to succeed in business. succeed as something He had hoped to succeed as a violinist. see also success
  3. 3[transitive] succeed somebody/something to come next after someone or something and take their/its place or position synonym follow Who succeeded Kennedy as President? Their early success was succeeded by a period of miserable failure. Strands of DNA are reproduced through succeeding generations. see also succession
  4. 4[intransitive] succeed (to something) to gain the right to a title, property, etc. when someone dies She succeeded to the throne (= became queen) in 1558. see also succession
  5. Idioms
    nothing succeeds like success (saying)
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    when you are successful in one area of your life, it often leads to success in other areas
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: succeed