When you succeed at something, you reach a goal or do really well. If you practice speaking Arabic every day, you are likely to succeed at becoming fluent in this language.

When you succeed, you achieve the result you hope for, but another way to use succeed is to describe taking over a position. A prince who will inherit his father's kingdom will succeed his father one day, and a new high school principal can be said to succeed the old one. The Latin root of succeed is succedere, come close after.

Definitions of succeed

v attain success or reach a desired goal

“The enterprise succeeded
“We succeeded in getting tickets to the show”
bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, win
fail, go wrong, miscarry
be unsuccessful
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hit the intended target or goal
bring off, carry off, manage, negociate, pull off
be successful; achieve a goal
clear, pass
go unchallenged; be approved
hit the jackpot, luck out
succeed by luck
nail, nail down, peg
succeed in obtaining a position
make it, pass
go successfully through a test or a selection process
make without a miss
act, work
have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
pan out
be a success
accomplish, achieve, attain, reach
to gain with effort
arrive, get in, go far, make it
succeed in a big way; get to the top
get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance
get to, make, progress to, reach
reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"
pass an inspection or receive authorization
ace, breeze through, nail, pass with flying colors, sail through, sweep through
succeed at easily
achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative
come to, strike
reach the highest or most decisive point
bring about; accomplish
achieve or reach on average
finagle, manage, wangle
achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

v be the successor (of)

“Will Charles succeed to the throne?”
come after, follow
come before, precede
be the predecessor of
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accede, enter
take on duties or office
replace, supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant
take the place or move into the position of
become king or queen
deputise, deputize, step in, substitute
act as a substitute
displace, preempt
take the place of or have precedence over
take the place of
remove and replace

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