Suc*ceed" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Succeeded; p. pr. & vb. n. Succeeding.] [L. succedere, successum; sub under + cedere to go, to go along, approach, follow, succeed: cf. F. succ'eder. See Cede, and cf. Success.]
To follow in order; to come next after; hence, to take the place of; as, the king's eldest son succeeds his father on the throne; autumn succeeds summer.
As he saw him nigh succeed.
To fall heir to; to inherit.
[Obs. & R.]
To come after; to be subsequent or consequent to; to follow; to pursue.
Destructive effects . . . succeeded the curse.
Sir T. Browne.
To support; to prosper; to promote.
Succeed my wish and second my design.
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Suc*ceed", v. i.
To come in the place of another person, thing, or event; to come next in the usual, natural, or prescribed course of things; to follow; hence, to come next in the possession of anything; -- often with to.
If the father left only daughters, they equally succeeded to him in copartnership.
Sir M. Hale.
Enjoy till I return
Short pleasures; for long woes are to succeed!
Specifically: To ascend the throne after the removal the death of the occupant.
No woman shall succeed in Salique land.
To descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve.
To obtain the object desired; to accomplish what is attempted or intended; to have a prosperous issue or termination; to be successful; as, he succeeded in his plans; his plans succeeded.
It is almost impossible for poets to succeed without ambition.
Spenser endeavored it in Shepherd's Kalendar; but neither will it succeed in English.
To go under cover.
[A latinism. Obs.]
Will you to the cooler cave succeed!
Syn. -- To follow; pursue. See Follow.
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