succeed Definition

  • 1achieve the desired aim or result
  • 2take over a throne, office, or other position from someone

Using succeed: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "succeed" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    If you work hard, you will succeed in your career.

  • Example

    She succeeded in convincing him to change his mind.

  • Example

    He succeeded to the throne after his father's death.

  • Example

    The company's new strategy is succeeding in increasing profits.

succeed Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for succeed

Idioms Using succeed

  • to achieve success despite many difficulties and challenges


    She succeeded against all odds in starting her own business.

  • to achieve success and happiness in one's personal and professional life


    His parents always wanted him to succeed in life and become a doctor.

  • to achieve success based on one's own abilities and talents, rather than through help or favoritism


    She succeeded on her own merits, without any help from her family or friends.

Phrases with succeed

  • to achieve the desired result in doing something


    I finally succeeded in passing my driving test.

  • to take over a position or job from someone


    He succeeded his father as CEO of the company.

  • to take over a title, property, or position from someone who has died


    He succeeded to the family estate after his father's death.

Origins of succeed

from Latin 'succedere', meaning 'come after'


Summary: succeed in Brief

To 'succeed' [səkˈsiːd] means to achieve a desired aim or result, or to take over a position from someone. Examples include 'If you work hard, you will succeed in your career,' and 'He succeeded to the throne after his father's death.' The phrase 'succeed in doing something' denotes achieving a desired result, while 'succeed somebody' and 'succeed to something' refer to taking over a position or title. Idioms like 'succeed against all odds' and 'succeed in life' denote achieving success despite difficulties.

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