WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
suc•cess /səkˈsɛs/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the favorable result of something attempted:[uncountable]Success is important in a child's early attempts to learn something.
  2. the gaining of wealth, position, honors, etc.:[uncountable]He had achieved success.
  3. a successful performance or achievement:[countable]Was the party a success?
  4. a person or thing that is successful:[countable]He felt that at last he was a success.
See -cess-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
suc•cess  (sək ses),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.
  2. the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
  3. a successful performance or achievement:The play was an instant success.
  4. a person or thing that is successful:She was a great success on the talk show.
  5. [Obs.]outcome.
suc•cessless, adj. 
suc•cessless•ly, adv. 
suc•cessless•ness, n. 
  • Latin successus, equivalent. to succēd-, stem of succēdere to succeed + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action, with dt ss
  • 1530–40
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged achievement, fame, triumph. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

success /səkˈsɛs/ n
  1. the favourable outcome of something attempted
  2. the attainment of wealth, fame, etc
  3. an action, performance, etc, that is characterized by success
  4. a person or thing that is successful
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin successus an outcome, from succēdere to succeed



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