succeed-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: achieve or reach a desired goal, have desired results

We succeeded in persuading them to change their decision.
She was one of the first women to succeed in the sciences.
You need to be pretty tough to succeed in the property world.
He succeded in pushing the limits of the law.
They somehow succeeded in offending both sides of the debate!

VerbNet: succeed-74-1
FrameNet: Success_or_failure,Successful_action
PropBank: succeed.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: follow, be a successor

He succeded his father as editor of the paper.
When the queen dies, her eldest son will succeed to the throne.
In the weeks that succeeded, five more patients showed similar symptoms.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: succeed.02,succeed.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2