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verb succeed pronunciation in British English /səkˈsiːd/
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present tense
present participlesucceeding
past tensesucceeded
past participlesucceeded
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  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

    You have 50,000 fans hoping that you succeed in the final.

    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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