succeed

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
  1. verb
    attain success or reach a desired goal
    “The enterprise succeeded
    “We succeeded in getting tickets to the show”
    synonyms: bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, win
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    Antonyms:
    fail, go wrong, miscarry
    be unsuccessful
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    hit
    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
    run
    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
    gain with effort
    arrive, get in, go far, make it
    succeed in a big way; get to the top
    score
    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"
    clear
    pass an inspection or receive authorization
    ace, breeze through, nail, pass with flying colors, sail through, sweep through
    succeed at easily
    begin
    achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative
    come to, strike
    attain
    culminate
    reach the highest or most decisive point
    compass
    bring about; accomplish
    average
    achieve or reach on average
    finagle, manage, wangle, wrangle
    achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
  2. verb
    be the successor (of)
    “Will Charles succeed to the throne?”
    synonyms: come after, follow
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    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
    ascend
    become king or queen
    deputise, deputize, step in, substitute
    act as a substitute
    displace, preempt
    take the place of or have precedence over
    usurp
    take the place of
    oust
    remove and replace
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