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succeed

verb uk   /səkˈsiːd/ us  

succeed verb (ACHIEVE SOMETHING)

B1 [I] If you succeed, you achieve something that you have been aiming for, and if a plan or piece of work succeeds, it has the results that you wanted: She's been trying to pass her driving test for six years and she's finally succeeded. You need to be pretty tough to succeed in the property world. The campaign has certainly succeeded in raising public awareness of the issue. humorous Richard succeeded in offending (= managed unintentionally to offend) just about everybody in the room!
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succeed verb (FOLLOW)

[I or T] to take an official job or position after someone else: He succeeded his father as editor of the paper. When the Queen dies, her eldest son will succeed to the throne. to come after another person or thing in time: In the weeks that succeeded, five more patients showed similar symptoms. Almost from its beginnings, New York has produced succeeding generations of intellectuals.
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