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To succeed in doing something - thesaurus

Synonyms

succeed

verb

to achieve something that you planned to do or attempted to do

manage

verb

to succeed in doing something, especially something that needs a lot of effort or skill

pull off

to succeed in doing something that is difficult

bring off

to succeed in doing something difficult

accomplish

verb

to succeed in doing something, especially something that you have been trying to do for a period of time

triumph

verb

to win a great victory, or to have a great success

achieve

verb

to succeed in doing or having what you planned or intended, usually after a lot of effort

attain

verb

formal to succeed at achieving something, especially after much effort

be able to do something

to succeed in doing something on a particular occasion

come together

to start to be good or effective because different parts are combining well

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ace

verb

Americaninformal to get the best grade possible on a test, a piece of written work, etc.

ace out

American to be much better than someone else, or to defeat someone in a competition

arrive

verb

informal to achieve a goal, especially after a lot of effort

beat

verb

to succeed despite a difficult situation

(be) the tops

to be the best or the most successful

break into

to start to have success in your career or an area of activity

buck the trend/system

to succeed in doing something, even though there is a general tendency for this not to happen

chalk something up

to score points, or to achieve success in a game

come up/turn up trumps

to do what is necessary to succeed, especially when success did not seem likely

contrive

verb

formal to succeed in doing something, especially something difficult

cruise

verb

mainly journalism to achieve success easily in a race, game, or competition

do something by the skin of your teeth

to succeed in doing something but almost fail

do yourself justice

to show your ability by doing something as well as you can

get (something) off the ground

if you get a project off the ground, you start it and make it successful. You can also say that a project gets off the ground

hit/miss the mark

to achieve/not achieve the result that you intended

hit/score a bull’s-eye

to achieve exactly what you intended

lose the battle but win the war

to not achieve a minor victory but at the same time succeed in achieving something much more important

make

verb

to cause something to be successful

make

verb

to succeed in achieving something by reaching the necessary level or standard

make a go of something

to do something successfully

make a success of something

to make something be successful

make it

to succeed in a particular activity

make the grade

to succeed in doing something because you are good enough

manage

verb

to succeed in doing something that you do not really want to do

mop up

American to win, or succeed in doing something

muddle through

to succeed in doing something despite having no clear plan, method, or appropriate equipment

nail

verb

informal to do something in a perfect way, especially in sport

record

verb

mainly journalism to achieve something impressive, especially in sports

scrape through

to succeed in doing something, but not in a very impressive way

sew up

informal to achieve something by dealing successfully with it, or by making certain that you are going to win

squeak

verb

to only just be successful or accepted

swing it

to succeed in achieving the result that you want, especially by persuading someone to let you do something that they do not usually let people do

turn around

to stop being unsuccessful and to start being successful, or to make something do this

unify

verb

to make things work well together

waltz

verb

to succeed at something or to achieve something very easily

win

verb

to succeed in getting something that you want because of hard work or ability

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