I would like a verb that would express the idea of making something succeed.

Example: I [my-verb] the unit tests.

Writing "I made the unit tests succeed." is not what I'm looking for.

  • I succeded in passing the tests/ I passed the tests successfully/ I managed to pass the tests successfully. – rogermue Mar 12 '15 at 11:00
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    In your sentence, what is succeeding? You, or the tests? Two answers below take it that you are succeeding in the tests, whereas your own sentence implies that the tests are successful. If I is the subject of your verb, what is the object? – Andrew Leach Mar 12 '15 at 11:19
  • The tests are succeeding. I am doing the action of making them succeed. – Heschoon Mar 12 '15 at 12:00
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    I don't think there will be anything like a single-word verb for this. Part of the problem is OP isn't actually doing anything to the tests themselves apart from running them (repeatedly, in an "edit-and-retest" cycle, if they aren't successful). If we had a transitive verb for the process, it would take the thing/software item being tested as an object. One figurative usage in that general area is "I nursed the application through the unit tests" (which implies it didn't succeed right away; I had to make changes before it passed). – FumbleFingers Mar 12 '15 at 13:24
  • The two actions that most commonly make unit tests succeed are I updated the unit tests and I fixed the unit tests. That's assuming that you made them pass by modifying the tests themselves and not the application they're testing – blgt Mar 12 '15 at 15:03

I think you are looking for pass:

  • to undergo an examination or a trial with favorable results. (TFD)
  • I passed the unit tests.
  • The software passed the unit tests, not him. – Matthew Read Mar 12 '15 at 14:30
  • @MatthewRead - OP provided information later... – user66974 Mar 12 '15 at 14:42

You could try the verb accomplished, which means completed successfully.


There is the verb succeed.

succeed - "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", e. g. She's been trying to pass her driving test for six years and she's finally succeeded. (Cambridge Dictionary Online)

However, it is the intransitive verb, so, cannot be used with the object in your sentence. The transitive verb pass or come through should be used instead.

  • Respectfully, your actual answer [pass or come through ] comes last - you should lead with it, and define w/link. – user98990 Mar 12 '15 at 11:25

The word you are looking for is probably fine-tune; to make fine adjustments to (something) in order to obtain optimum performance (dictionary.reference.com).Thus,I fine-tuned the unit tests.

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