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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! (milton)

2. Specifically: To ascend the throne after the removal the death of the occupant. No woman shall succeed in Salique land. (Shak)

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. (Dryden) Spenser endeavored it in Shepherd's Kalendar; but neither will it succeed in english. (Dryden)

5. To go under cover. Will you to the cooler cave succeed! (Dryden)

Synonym: To follow, pursue. See Follow.