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verb succeed pronunciation in American English /səkˈsid/
Word Forms
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 someones 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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