One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Darwin succeeded where earlier evolutionists had failed’
triumph, be victorious, achieve success, be successful, be a success, do well, make good, prosper, flourish, thrive, advance
informal make it, make the grade, cut it, crack it, make a name for oneself, make one's mark, get somewhere, do all right for oneself, arrive, find a place in the sun
2‘the plan would have succeeded but for an important factor’
be successful, turn out well, work, work out, go as planned, get results, be effective, be profitable
informal come off, pay off, pan out, do the trick
3‘Rosebery had succeeded Gladstone as Prime Minister’
replace, take the place of, take over from, come after, follow, supersede, supplant, displace, oust, remove, unseat, usurp
informal step into someone's shoes, fill someone's boots, fill someone's shoes
4‘he succeeded to his title in 1543’
inherit, accede to, assume, take over, come into, acquire, attain, be elevated to
5‘their age of learning was succeeded by an age of superstition’
follow, come after, follow after
take the place of, replace
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