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verb American English pronunciation: succeed /səkˈsid/ 
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I/you/we/theysucceed
he/she/itsucceeds
present participlesucceeding
past tensesucceeded
past participlesucceeded
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to achieve something that you planned to do or attempted to do

    We all want to make the peace process succeed.

    succeed in (doing) something:

    We finally succeeded in getting Marjorie up the stairs.

    1. a.
      used for saying that someone's actions have a negative result that is the opposite of what they intended

      They were trying to please us but just succeeded in offending everyone.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to do well in school, in your career, or in some other activity

    In today's economy, you need to have very specific skills to succeed.

    succeed in:

    If you want to succeed in business, think big.

    There is a lot of pressure on children to succeed in school.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to replace someone in an important or powerful job or position

    In 1649 Turkey's Sultan Ibrahim was succeeded by Mohammed IV.

    succeed someone as something:

    Anderson is expected to succeed Rondell as president of the board.

    1. a.
      formal to follow and replace something

      Embarrassment had now been succeeded by fear.

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