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success

[ suhk-ses ]
/ səkˈsɛs /
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noun
the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.
the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
a performance or achievement that is marked by success, as by the attainment of honors: The play was an instant success.
a person or thing that has had success, as measured by attainment of goals, wealth, etc.: She was a great success on the talk show.
Obsolete. outcome.
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Origin of success

1530–40; <Latin successus, equivalent to succēd-, stem of succēdere to succeed + -tus suffix of v. action, with dt>ss

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British Dictionary definitions for success

success
/ (səkˈsɛs) /

noun
the favourable outcome of something attempted
the attainment of wealth, fame, etc
an action, performance, etc, that is characterized by success
a person or thing that is successful
obsolete any outcome

Derived forms of success

successless, adjective

Word Origin for success

C16: from Latin successus an outcome, from succēdere to succeed
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