Hypertext Webster Gateway: "succeed"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Succeed \Suc*ceed"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Succeeded}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Succeeding}.] [L. succedere, successum; sub under +
cedere to go, to go along, approach, follow, succeed: cf. F.
succ['e]der. See {Cede}, and cf. {Success}.]
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.] --Shak.

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

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. --Shak.

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}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

succeed
v 1: attain success or reach a goal; "The enterprise succeeded";
"We succeeded in getting tickets to the show" [syn: {come
through}] [ant: {fail}]
2: be the successor (of); "Carter followed Ford"; "Will Charles
succeed to the throne? [syn: {come after}, {follow}] [ant:
{precede}]


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