Suc·ceed, v. i.
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.
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.
Suc·ceed v. t. [imp. & p. p. Succeeded; p. pr. & vb. n. Succeeding.]
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.]
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.
v 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: win, come through, bring home the bacon, deliver
the goods] [ant: fail]
2: be the successor (of); "Carter followed Ford"; "Will Charles
succeed to the throne?" [syn: come after, follow]