succeed
succeedable, adj.succeeder, n.
/seuhk seed"/, v.i.
1. to happen or terminate according to desire; turn out successfully; have the desired result: Our efforts succeeded.
2. to thrive, prosper, grow, or the like: Grass will not succeed in this dry soil.
3. to accomplish what is attempted or intended: We succeeded in our efforts to start the car.
4. to attain success in some popularly recognized form, as wealth or standing: The class voted him the one most likely to succeed.
5. to follow or replace another by descent, election, appointment, etc. (often fol. by to).
6. to come next after something else in an order or series.
v.t.
7. to come after and take the place of, as in an office or estate.
8. to come next after in an order or series, or in the course of events; follow.
[1325-75; ME succeden < L succedere to go (from) under, follow, prosper, equiv. to suc- SUC- + cedere to go (see CEDE)]
Syn. 1-4. SUCCEED, FLOURISH, PROSPER, THRIVE mean to do well. TO SUCCEED is to turn out well, to attain a goal: It is everyone's wish to succeed in life. TO FLOURISH is to give evidence of success or a ripe development of power, reputation, etc.: Culture flourishes among free people. TO PROSPER is to achieve and enjoy material success: He prospered but was still discontented. THRIVE suggests vigorous growth and development such as results from natural vitality or favorable conditions: The children thrived in the sunshine. 5. See follow.
Ant. 1-4. fail. 8. precede.

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