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a business succeeds
▪ Making a business succeed is not simple.
an appeal fails/succeeds
▪ If the appeal fails, he will serve his full sentence.
an attempt fails/succeeds
▪ All attempts to find a cure have failed.
fail/succeed in your attempt
▪ He failed in his attempt to set a new Olympic record.
successive/succeeding generations (=generations that follow one another)
▪ This medical textbook has been used by successive generations of medical students and doctors.
▪ Of course, no municipal system succeeds in totally eliminating the use of force.
▪ Lieutenants Peel and Maloney succeeded in so alarming the men that they decided to march to join Paredes and the revolutionists.
▪ Not only had he won a match he was desperate to succeed in, he had also earned his Liverpool colours.
▪ Republicans, battered as they are in the public opinion polls, succeeded in dramatically transforming the terms of the national debate.
▪ Despite their new-found power, however, they did not succeed in totally obliterating what had been before.
▪ What would happen if my parents succeeded in getting my student grant revoked, which well they might?
▪ You will be able to tackle and succeed in almost anything provided you set about the problem in the right way.
▪ By 1996 the strategy had succeeded in significantly expanding the scope of school-to-work in Tulsa.
▪ The loop will never succeed in removing the conditionality.
▪ I was convinced that without a college degree I could never succeed.
▪ We shall never succeed in reaching an agreement on how far back we must go.
▪ He had never succeeded, and now he was old enough to understand why.
▪ Throughout his time in Darlington he maintained that the football club would never succeed while it played at Feethams.
▪ As ward of the king I and my lands would be free of Master Higham; otherwise I might never succeed.
▪ They've never succeeded: sickness, hunger, wanderlust, something drives them on.
▪ Criteria belong to an explanation of identity claims, but an explanation succeeds only in the context of what can be understood.
▪ But too many nasty ads succeed only in making all candidates unpopular.
▪ We shall only succeed in dealing with the problems through a vast international cooperative effort.
▪ That succeeded only partially in the setting, but the costumes were attractive.
▪ Triumphant Rome tried to exterminate the Church of Mary, but only succeeded in driving it underground.
▪ They can only succeed by imposing long-run discipline upon capitalists.
▪ She tried to get out of it, but only succeeded in making herself the last to sing.
▪ But they will not succeed where the law has failed.
▪ Mairs succeeds where many others have failed by being not only an engaging writer, but an engaging thinker.
▪ Its long-suffering shareholders are to get the opportunity to succeed where the government failed in 1982, and break the company up.
▪ He had succeeded where I had quit, and I almost burst with pride.
▪ Mr Rifkind will deserve warm praise if he can succeed where several incumbents have failed.
▪ Why did the Board of Delegates succeed where past organizing efforts had failed?
▪ In two other important areas, Johnson succeeded where Kennedy had failed.
▪ Instead, they are buoyed by positive illusions that they can break new ground or succeed where others have failed.
▪ I didn't have a chance to succeed without even trying failure.
▪ Students in these schools also were more optimistic about their chances of succeeding after high school.
▪ This experience gave him at least a chance of succeeding in the Caucasus.
▪ But Platt, at 25, has every chance of eventually succeeding Pearce who is five years older.
▪ He is expected to be inaugurated next week, becoming the first president to succeed his father in an Arab republic.
▪ Sometimes the Senate would decree that the son of a deceased emperor was unfit to succeed his father.
▪ He succeeds his father, Wallace D.. Iott, 80, who continues as chairman of the company.
▪ In 1240 Edward succeeded his father as keeper of the king's works at Westminster, which then chiefly concerned the palace.
▪ Peyton was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1655, having also succeeded his father as an examiner in Chancery in 1654.
▪ He succeeded his father, Hesychius, as bishop of Vienne, in or about 490.
▪ Initially nothing succeeds like success: but eventually success exceeds itself, and decline and despondency set in.
▪ But we also succeeded, and our successes fueled us.
▪ Nothing succeeded so much as success for the organization.
▪ Nothing succeeds like success and it applies perfectly to the Sainsbury family, their 100,000 employees and 60,000 shareholders.
▪ This, then, was the situation when Mary succeeded to the throne, and the rival factions lined up.
▪ Wenceslaus' son succeeded to the throne.
▪ When he succeeded to the throne in 1625, Buckingham became his chief minister.
▪ Despite all its problems the Club had a strong will to succeed and was rarely despondent.
▪ She had enough guts coupled with an ego that nurtures the will to succeed.
▪ Nor will managers succeed by putting greater emphasis on planning or simply overlapping various stages in the development process.
▪ First, will Airbus succeed even without government support?
▪ He thinks everybody has the same blind will to succeed as himself.
▪ The Edinburgh Summit will tell us whether it has a real will to succeed.
▪ Call his machines what you will-sculptures, utopian models, proposals, follies-they reflect a will to succeed.
▪ Immigrants tend to be a highly motivated, self-selected group with a strong will to succeed.
▪ If the old man had been home. the ruse could hardly hope to succeed.
▪ A Humphrey-type campaign to bypass the primaries and seek the nomination at the convention itself could no longer hope to succeed.
▪ We must all hope the negotiations succeed and that perhaps we may even see Bobby Fischer on the regular tournament circuit.
▪ Cruttwell remains to be rewritten; but whoever embarks upon that task can not hope to succeed without Strachan at his elbow.
▪ I hope that we shall succeed in doing that, especially with regard to special inspections of previously undeclared sites.
▪ And you'd better hope we succeed.
▪ I am particularly proud of this scheme and I sincerely hope it will succeed.
▪ There is still hope that talks can succeed.
▪ A lot of people doubted that I could succeed in business for myself.
▪ a strong desire to succeed
▪ As long as the financial crisis continues, economic reform cannot possibly succeed.
▪ Bailey will succeed Fuller as Director of Operations.
▪ Both sides could make these talks succeed by seeking a real and lasting peace.
▪ By the early '90s, CDs had succeeded records in popularity.
▪ Eisenhower was succeeded by John F. Kennedy.
▪ Even in remote areas people open restaurants, and surprisingly enough, they succeed.
▪ George VI died in 1952, leaving his elder daughter Elizabeth to succeed him.
▪ I'm sure you'll succeed if you work hard.
▪ I admired Goldie, because she had succeeded at a task that had even defeated my mother.
▪ I tried to reassure Billy's mother that it was a passing phase, but I don't think I succeeded.
▪ If you don't change your attitude, you will never succeed as a manager in this firm.
▪ In one year, we've succeeded in increasing profits by 40%.
▪ Louis XIII succeeded to the throne when he was only nine years old.
▪ Muir succeeds where other designers have failed -- her clothes are original, yet stylish.
▪ My parents always told me I'd succeed at anything I chose to do.
▪ None of the measures taken by the government have succeeded in reducing the spread of violent crime.
▪ People who have had setbacks are often the ones who are really driven to succeed.
▪ She wanted to be the first woman to climb Mount Everest and she almost succeeded.
▪ Choose varieties which will succeed in your area, and which are on a rootstock to give the desired rate of growth.
▪ If it succeeds, it may deter at least some outrages in a future war.
▪ If the project succeeds, the choice is between making and marketing the product or abandoning it.
▪ If you can succeed in school, you can succeed in life.
▪ Mr Grant, who lives near Dingwall, will succeed Robert Crawford.
▪ She succeeds Bonnie Fuller who will join Cosmopolitan as deputy editor.
▪ Some of these women took grave risks to start their businesses and faced even more danger when they succeeded.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Succeed \Suc*ceed"\, v. i.

  1. 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!

  2. Specifically: To ascend the throne after the removal the death of the occupant.

    No woman shall succeed in Salique land.

  3. To descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve.

  4. 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.

  5. To go under cover. [A latinism. Obs.]

    Will you to the cooler cave succeed!

    Syn: To follow; pursue. See Follow.


Succeed \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['e]der. See Cede, and cf. Success.]

  1. 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.

  2. To fall heir to; to inherit. [Obs. & R.]

  3. To come after; to be subsequent or consequent to; to follow; to pursue.

    Destructive effects . . . succeeded the curse.
    --Sir T. Browne.

  4. To support; to prosper; to promote. [R.]

    Succeed my wish and second my design.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., intransitive and transitive, "come next after, follow after another; take the place of another, be elected or chosen for" a position, from Old French succeder "to follow on" (14c.) and directly from Latin succedere "come after, follow after; go near to; come under; take the place of," also "go from under, mount up, ascend," hence "get on well, prosper, be victorious," from sub "next to, after" (see sub-) + cedere "go, move" (see cede).\n

\nMeaning "to continue, endure" is from early 15c. The sense of "turn out well, have a favorable result" in English is first recorded late 15c., with ellipsis of adverb (succeed well). Of persons, "to be successful," from c.1500. Related: Succeeded; succeeding.


vb. 1 To follow in order; to come next after; hence, to take the place of. 2 To obtain the object desired; to accomplish what is attempted or intended; to have a prosperous issue or termination; to be successful. 3 (context obsolete rare English) To fall heir to; to inherit. 4 To come after; to be subsequent or consequent to; to follow; to pursue. 5 To support; to prosper; to promote. 6 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. 7 # To ascend the throne after the removal the death of the occupant. 8 To descend, as an estate or an heirloom, in the same family; to devolve. 9 To go under cover.

  1. v. attain success or reach a desired goal; "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won" [syn: win, come through, bring home the bacon, deliver the goods] [ant: fail]

  2. be the successor (of); "Carter followed Ford"; "Will Charles succeed to the throne?" [syn: come after, follow] [ant: precede]

Usage examples of "succeed".

It is impossible to follow the intricate and acrimonious quarrels of the eleven days which succeeded until on December 16, upon the eleventh ballot, R.

This Dionysian pleasure in the release of bestiality and evil, begun by the Viennese Actionists, can be traced through every succeeding decade.

These being considered, the house ordered the lords of the admiralty to produce the other memorials of the same kind which they had received, that they might be laid before the congress at Soissons: then they addressed his majesty for copies of all the letters and instructions which had been sent to admiral Hosier, and those who succeeded him in the command of the West-India squadron.

Not but that the duke of Queensberry at one time despaired of succeeding, and being in continual apprehension for his life, expressed a desire of adjourning the parliament, until by time and good management he should be able to remove those difficulties that then seemed to be insurmountable.

Although I had much ado to refrain from laughing at the vexation and disappointment which appeared on all their faces, I succeeded in preserving my serious air.

John of Brienne, I cannot discover the name or exploits of his pupil Baldwin, who had attained the age of military service, and who succeeded to the imperial dignity on the decease of his adoptive father.

With a loss of some two hundred men the leading regiments succeeded in reaching Colenso, and the West Surrey, advancing by rushes of fifty yards at a time, had established itself in the station, but a catastrophe had occurred at an earlier hour to the artillery which was supporting it which rendered all further advance impossible.

Ward himself tried to be more affable, but succeeded only in provoking curiousity with his rambling accounts of chemical research.

Disturbance at home immediately succeeds to peace abroad: the commons were goaded by the tribunes with the excitement of the agrarian law.

The difficulty of procuring provisions was extreme, and the means he was compelled to employ for that purpose greatly heightened the evil, at the same time insubordination and want of discipline prevailed to such an alarming degree that it would be as difficult as painful to depict the situation of our army at this period, Marmont, by his steady conduct, fortunately succeeded in correcting the disorders which prevailed, and very soon found himself at the head of a well-organised army, amounting to 30,000 infantry, with forty pieces of artillery, but he had only a very small body of cavalry, and those ill-mounted.

Richard Greenleaf was, he succeeded in leaving a message that Signer Richard Greenleaf could be found at the Albergo Inghilterra, in case the police wanted to speak to him.

Robert succeeded in soothing him -- and the poor old lion is very quiet on the whole, roaring softly, to beguile the time, in Latin alcaics against his wife and Louis Napoleon.

This transaction was succeeded by another injurious affront offered by the governor or alcayde of Tetuan to Mr.

I esteem it also a peculiar advantage, that I succeed to a sovereign whose constant regards for the rights and liberties of his subjects, and whose desire to promote the amelioration of the laws and institutions of the country, have rendered his name the object of general attachment and veneration.

I then began to caress her, and to make assaults in the style of an amorous man, but it was all in vain, though I succeeded in stretching her on a large sofa.