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Meaning of success by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Latin successus, from succedere ( “to succeed” ) .


    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /səkˈsɛs/


    success ( countable and uncountable; plural: successes )

    1. ( obsolete ) Something which happens as a consequence; the outcome or result. [16th-18th c.]
    2. The achievement of one's aim or goal. [from 16th c.]
      His third attempt to pass the entrance exam was a success .
    3. ( business ) financial profitability .
      Don't let success go to your head .
    4. One who, or that which, achieves assumed goals .
      Scholastically, he was a success .
      The new range of toys has been a resounding success .


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    External links

    • success in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • success in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of success by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. an attainment that is successful

    2. his success in the marathon was unexpected
      his new play was a great success
    3. an event that accomplishes its intended purpose

    4. let's call heads a success and tails a failure
      the election was a remarkable success for the Whigs
    5. a person with a record of successes

    6. if you want to be a success you have to dress like a success
    7. a state of prosperity or fame

    8. he is enjoying great success
      he does not consider wealth synonymous with success

    Definition of success by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Success n. [L. successus: cf. F. succès. See Succeed.]
      1. Act of succeeding; succession. [Obs.]

      Then all the sons of these five brethren reigned

      By due success. Spenser.

      2. That which comes after; hence, consequence, issue, or result, of an endeavor or undertaking, whether good or bad; the outcome of effort.

      Men . . . that are like to do that, that is committed to them, and to report back again faithfully the success. Bacon.

      Perplexed and troubled at his bad success

      The tempter stood. Milton.

      3. The favorable or prosperous termination of anything attempted; the attainment of a proposed object; prosperous issue.

      Dream of success and happy victory! Shak.

      Or teach with more success her son

      The vices of the time to shun. Waller.

      Military successes, above all others, elevate the minds of a people. Atterbury.

      4. That which meets with, or one who accomplishes, favorable results, as a play or a player. [Colloq.]