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Synonyms of 'succeed'

(verb) 
Definition
to achieve an aim
I hope they succeed in reaching an agreement.
Synonyms
triumph
a symbol of good triumphing over evil
,
win
Our team is confident of winning again this year.
,
prevail
We hoped that common sense would prevail.
(verb) 
Definition
to turn out satisfactorily
a move which would make any future talks even more unlikely to succeed
Synonyms
work out
I hope everything works out for you in your new job.
,
work
Most of these diets don't work.
,
be successful
,
come off (informal)
It was a good try but it didn't quite come off.
,
be effective
,
do the trick (informal)
Sometimes a few choice words will do the trick.
,
get results
,
have legs (informal)
,
turn out well
,
go as planned
,
go like a bomb (British, New Zealand, informal)
,
go down a bomb (informal, mainly British)
,
do the business (informal)
(verb) 
Definition
to do well in a specified field
the skills and qualities needed to succeed
Synonyms
make it (informal)
I have the talent to make it.
,
do well
,
be successful
,
arrive (informal)
These are cars which show you've arrived.
, ,
thrive
Today his company continues to thrive.
,
flourish
Business soon flourished.
,
make good
Both men are poor boys who have made good.
,
prosper
The high street banks continue to prosper.
,
cut it (informal)
,
make the grade (informal)
,
get to the top
,
crack it (informal)
,
hit the jackpot (informal)
,
bring home the bacon (informal)
,
make your mark (informal)
She made her mark in the film industry in the 1960s.
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gain your end
,
carry all before you
,
do all right for yourself
Opposites
,
flop (informal)
,
be unsuccessful
, ,
fall flat
,
not manage
,
fall by the wayside
,
come a cropper (informal)
,
go belly up (informal)
,
go by the board
,
not make the grade
(verb) 
Definition
to take over (a position) from (someone)
She expects her Norwegian rival to succeed her as the best in the world.
Synonyms
take over from
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replace
the man who deposed and replaced him
, ,
supersede
It seems unlikely that democratically created dictionaries will supersede traditional ones.
, , ,
supplant
He may be supplanted by a younger man.
,
assume the office of
,
fill (someone's) boots
,
step into (someone's) boots
(verb) 
She eventually succeeded to the post in 1998.
Synonyms
take over
,
assume
She will assume the role of Chief Executive.
,
attain
He's halfway to attaining his pilot's licence.
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acquire
She has acquired a 50% stake in the company.
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come into
,
inherit
The government inherited an impossibly difficult situation.
,
accede to
when Henry VIII acceded to the throne
,
come into possession of
(verb) 
Definition
to come next in order after (someone or something)
He succeeded Trajan as emperor in AD 117.
Synonyms
follow
the sense of disbelief that followed the verdict
,
come after
,
follow after
, ,
be subsequent to
,
supervene
Opposites
,
pave the way for
,
go before
,
come before
,
go ahead of
,
be a precursor of

Additional synonyms

in the sense of accede to
when Henry VIII acceded to the throne
Synonyms
come to,
come into,
succeed to,
enter upon,
fall heir to
in the sense of acquire
Definition
to get or develop (something such as an object, trait, or ability)
She has acquired a 50% stake in the company.
Synonyms
get,
win,
buy,
land (informal),
score (slang),
pick up,
bag,
come into possession of
in the sense of arrive
Definition
to attain success
These are cars which show you've arrived.
Synonyms
make it (informal),
do well,
be successful,
cut it (informal),
reach the top,
become famous,
make the grade (informal),
get to the top,
crack it (informal),
hit the jackpot (informal),
turn out well,
make your mark (informal),
achieve recognition,
do all right for yourself (informal)

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