success

noun
suc·​cess | \ sək-ˈses How to pronounce success (audio) \

Definition of success

1a : degree or measure of succeeding
b : favorable or desired outcome also : the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence
2 : one that succeeds
3 obsolete : outcome, result

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Examples of success in a Sentence

An enormous popular and critical success, The Liars' Club was credited with (or blamed for) launching a new wave of memoir-writing. (Karr deflects this accusation: "I think memoir started with St. Augustine," she told Salon in 1997.) — Mollie Wilson O'Reilly, Commonweal, 23 Oct. 2009 Fred tries to keep up his end of the conversation, but without much success; he has never grown bulbs, cooked veal, seen a film by Fassbinder, etc. He feels provincial and out of it … — Alison Lurie, Foreign Affairs, 2006 Since I was interested in finding out about the successes as well as the failures disabled women experience in the world, I interviewed women who had some work experience, although it was often part-time work and sometimes interrupted. — Mary Grimley Mason, Working Against Odds, 2004 The necessaries of life for man in this climate may, accurately enough, be distributed under the several heads of Food, Shelter, Clothing, and Fuel; for not till we have secured these are we prepared to entertain the true problems of life with freedom and a prospect of success. — Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854 Success came easily to him. She is country music's most recent success. The growth of the tourism industry is one of the city's great successes.
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However, going to an all-girls’ school did show me the importance of female education and focusing on female power and success. Willa Bennett, Seventeen, "I Asked 500 Girls Around The World What Being Female Means To Them," 8 Mar. 2019 Although the internet’s growing pains are obvious, and the solutions aren’t all easy to implement, the internet is on its way to becoming as important as the telephone network—too important to be allowed to become a victim of its own success. Popular Mechanics, "The Death of the Internet," 7 Feb. 2019 Kathryn Wirsing On Tuesday, Ellen Pompeo took the stage at Marie Claire's Power Trip 2018 panel to share the story of her own success. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Ellen Pompeo Talks 'Grey's Anatomy' and Gender Equality at Marie Claire's 2018 Power Trip," 16 Oct. 2018 But Reba’s definition of success isn’t exactly simple. Jason Ikeler, Good Housekeeping, "A Closer Look at Reba McEntire's Iconic Career," 19 Apr. 2019 The strategy is risky, but investors may be underestimating its chance of success. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "A Highflying Growth Strategy Is Paying Off for United," 17 Apr. 2019 Instead of finding his own path, Big fell victim to a world that forces young black people to fulfill social roles that are most convenient for those around them for the sake of success in white spaces, as opposed to being their truest selves. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, ""Native Son" Reflects a World Where Young Black Men Are Often Set Up to Fail," 16 Apr. 2019 For now, the online marketplace gets one seller shorter, while independent bookstores seem to have created a sustained moment of success. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Microsoft Is Closing Its Ebook Store and Taking the Books With It," 2 Apr. 2019 By taking some careful steps to set the relationship up for success. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "How To Form A Great Relationship With Your Contractor," 26 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of success

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for success

Latin successus, from succedere — see succeed

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More Definitions for success

success

noun

English Language Learners Definition of success

: the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame
: the correct or desired result of an attempt
: someone or something that is successful : a person or thing that succeeds

success

noun
suc·​cess | \ sək-ˈses How to pronounce success (audio) \

Kids Definition of success

1 : satisfactory completion of something But you must, when you are calculating the odds of the mouse's success, factor in his love for the princess.— Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
2 : the gaining of wealth, respect, or fame
3 : a person or thing that succeeds The show was a success.

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