[ suhk-ses ]
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  1. the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.

  2. the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.

  1. a performance or achievement that is marked by success, as by the attainment of honors: The play was an instant success.

  2. 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.

  3. Obsolete. outcome.

Origin of success

First recorded in 1530–40; from Latin successus, equivalent to succēd-, stem of succēdere succeed + -tus suffix of verb action, with -dt- regularly becoming -ss-

Other words for success

Other words from success

  • suc·cess·less, adjective
  • suc·cess·less·ly, adverb
  • suc·cess·less·ness, noun
  • non·suc·cess, noun
  • pre·suc·cess, noun
  • sem·i·suc·cess, adjective, noun

Words Nearby success Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use success in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for success


/ (səkˈsɛs) /

  1. the favourable outcome of something attempted

  2. the attainment of wealth, fame, etc

  1. an action, performance, etc, that is characterized by success

  2. a person or thing that is successful

  3. obsolete any outcome

Origin of success

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

Derived forms of success

  • successless, adjective

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