[ suhk-ses ]
/ səkˈsɛs /


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.

Nearby words

  1. succedent,
  2. succedent house,
  3. succeed,
  4. succeeding,
  5. succentor,
  6. success story,
  7. successful,
  8. successfully,
  9. succession,
  10. succession of crops

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


/ (səkˈsɛs) /


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 Formssuccessless, adjective

Word Origin for success

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

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