- 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.
Origin of success
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Examples from the Web for successes
While the caution that the fragility of this situation calls for cannot be overstated, neither can the successes made thus far.How Liberia (Might Have) Beat Ebola
November 17, 2014
We attribute his successes or failures to the presence or lack of some special sauce that he does or does not possess.The Dems’ Midterm Performance Anxiety
October 31, 2014
On both nights the Kurds counter-attacked and had some successes, destroying at least one ISIS tank.America’s WTF Air War in Syria
October 6, 2014
But the successes of ISIS are drawing in greater commitments now.ISIS, Hip-Hop Jihadists and the Man Who Killed James Foley
August 25, 2014
We talked about our lives—hopes and fears, loves, successes, setbacks and failures.The James Foley I Knew in the ISIS War Zone
August 20, 2014
As already seen, we ask for difficulties to conquer, successes to achieve.The Conquest of Fear
Her successes have varied inversely as the length of her trunk-hose.
Of all his successes, this royal recognition was surely the one which pleased him most.The Man Shakespeare
With the first successes of the court the work of punishment began.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
I now thought I might boast of my successes to Turkey, but he was not pleased.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
- 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
Word Origin and History for successes
1530s, "result, outcome," from Latin successus "an advance, succession, happy outcome," from succedere "come after" (see succeed). Meaning "accomplishment of desired end" (good success) first recorded 1580s.
The moral flabbiness born of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That -- with the squalid interpretation put on the word success -- is our national disease. [William James to H.G. Wells, Sept. 11, 1906]
Success story is attested from 1925. Among the French phrases used in English late 19c. were succès d'estime "cordial reception given to a literary work out of respect rather than admiration" and succès de scandale "success (especially of a work of art) dependent upon its scandalous character."