- 1 [no object] Achieve the desired aim or result: a mission which could not possibly succeed he succeeded in winning a pardonMore example sentences
- A group of 20 local blocklayers, plumbers and electricians succeeded in achieving their Safe Pass card in the FAS certified programme.
- Technical problems succeeded in achieving something the general public could not: temporarily disabling the march of bureaucracy.
- It has also succeeded in achieving the proclaimed mission of poverty reduction through community-based organisation of poor Kerala women.
- 2 [with object] Take over a throne, inheritance, office, or other position from: he would succeed Hawke as prime ministerMore example sentences
- His 18-year-old niece, Victoria, succeeded him to the throne.
- Ten years after becoming king, Ferdinand was hounded from the throne, to be succeeded by his son, Boris III.
- At the age of 42 Moores is ideally positioned to succeed Fletcher as England coach when the time comes.
- 2.1 [no object] Become the new rightful holder of an inheritance, office, title, or property: he succeeded to his father’s kingdomMore example sentences
- Inheritance typically involved the eldest son of a man's first wife, who succeeded to his office and property.
- When the duke's father died in 1950 and he succeeded to the title, there was £7m in death duties to pay - a staggering sum for the time.
- Sir Martin was born at his family's country seat, Kirkdale Manor, Helmsley, and succeeded to the title on the death of his father, in 1937.
- 2.2Come after and take the place of: her embarrassment was succeeded by fearMore example sentences
- The danger of war passed, to be succeeded by one yet more frightening: cholera, spreading from the east.
- As the acuteness of this remorse began to die away, it was succeeded by a sense of joy.
- As discipline improved and the men began to feel no longer simply volunteers, but enlisted volunteers, the romantic devotion which they had felt was succeeded by a feeling of constraint and necessity.
nothing succeeds like success
- • proverb Success leads to opportunities for further and greater successes.More example sentences
- At the end of the day, nothing succeeds like success.
- But in America, nothing succeeds like success.
- In mitigation, this run of bad results was closely tied to a string of away fixtures that would test any team but it once again proved that if nothing succeeds like success then failure facilitates a firing.
- ( • archaic )More example sentences
- A couple of our ancient and founding myths need to be revised in view of the redefined values which have been universally embraced throughout the world, especially among its succeeders.
- The uncomfortable succeeders may perhaps have been virtuous individuals, but that is not the measure of their success.
- With these two axes the students could be divided into bad learners, succeeders, unsuitables and unmotivated ones.
late Middle English: from Old French succeder or Latin succedere 'come close after', from sub- 'close to' + cedere 'go'.