Definition of success in English:

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Pronunciation: /səkˈsɛs/


[mass noun]
1The accomplishment of an aim or purpose: the president had some success in restoring confidence
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  • But economic growth is key if we are to achieve success in these other policy areas.
  • He stresses that to achieve success in his sport you need to be a serious athlete, not a beach bum.
  • The teams are only the third in the world to claim success in curing anyone using gene therapy.
favourable outcome, successfulness, favourable result, successful outcome, positive result, victory, triumph
1.1The attainment of fame, wealth, or social status: the success of his play
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  • What is plain is that wealth and success are no longer enough - now he wants fame as well.
  • The production's success owes much to its careful rendering of the three main characters.
  • Very rarely is the link between strength of character and economic and social success pointed out.
1.2 [count noun] A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains fame, wealth, etc. to judge from league tables, the school is a success I must make a success of my business
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  • Hidden away in this week's news are pointers to what will actually make a success of an online business.
  • The harder but surer way is to make a success of a business of your own and then sell it on to someone willing to pay millions.
  • Condolences go to the proprietors of the shop who have worked so hard to make a success of it.
triumph, bestseller, box-office success, sell-out, coup, master stroke
informal hit, box-office hit, smash hit, smash, crowd-puller, winner, knockout, sensation, wow, biggie
British informal nob
North American informal kahuna, macher, high muckamuck
2 archaic The good or bad outcome of an undertaking: the good or ill success of their maritime enterprises
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  • Those who have always good hope in the midst of misfortunes, and who are delighted with good luck, are suspected of being very pleased with the ill success of the affair, if they are not equally distressed by bad luck.


Mid 16th century: from Latin successus, from the verb succedere 'come close after' (see succeed).

Words that rhyme with success

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