) KEY VERB: suc·ceed·ed
, suc·ceeds VERB: intr.
- To come next in time or succession; follow after another; replace another in an office or a position: She succeeded to the throne.
- To accomplish something desired or intended: "Success is counted sweetest/By those who ne'er succeed" (Emily Dickinson).
- Obsolete To devolve upon a person by way of inheritance.
- To come after in time or order; follow.
- To come after and take the place of. See Synonyms at follow.
Middle English succeden
, from Old French succeder
, from Latin succdere
; see sub-
, to go
; see ked-
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:suc·cedent
nt) KEY (Adjective)