Succeed 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. [1913 Webster]

If the father left only daughters, they equally succeeded to him in copartnership. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

Enjoy till I return Short pleasures; for long woes are to succeed! --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically: To ascend the throne after the removal the death of the occupant. [1913 Webster]

No woman shall succeed in Salique land. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

It is almost impossible for poets to succeed without ambition. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Spenser endeavored it in Shepherd's Kalendar; but neither will it succeed in English. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. To go under cover. [A latinism. Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Will you to the cooler cave succeed! --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To follow; pursue. See {Follow}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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