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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For Orlando City coach James O’Connor, the key to his team’s success was the ability to not only disrupt the Dallas game plan, but also to turn that disruption into immediate positive movement toward the Dallas goal. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Four things we learned from Orlando City’s 2-0 win at home against FC Dallas," 5 Aug. 2019 Although papers with national readerships like The New York Times and The Washington Post have had success adding digital subscribers, local papers with local readerships are having a difficult time. NBC News, "Newspaper chain GateHouse buying Gannett, USA Today owner," 5 Aug. 2019 Gran’s tenure at Kentucky has been an example that a coordinator's success might not be about his numbers. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky football's offense seems ready to reinvent itself and throw the football more," 2 Aug. 2019 Liwonde, in Malawi, is one of their latest lion repopulation success stories. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "How the New Lion King Film Could Help the Real-Life Lion Crisis," 1 Aug. 2019 Overall, the American women have had much more success on the pitch than their male counterparts, winning four World Cups and four Olympic gold medals. Jill Martin, CNN, "'It's a ruse': USWNT and US soccer fight for moral high ground on equal pay battle," 30 July 2019 Her lab at the time was having steady success with a more cumbersome genome editor, transcription activatorlike effector nuclease (TALEN), the system Voytas invented. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "To feed its 1.4 billion, China bets big on genome editing of crops," 29 July 2019 Beginning the Indians’ success was the girls’ volleyball team, which tied Arcadia for the league title during the fall campaign. Jeff Tully, Burbank Leader, "Looking back: Burroughs volleyball, soccer teams, golfers lead way in 2018-19," 26 July 2019 All of this is to say that while algo lending has potential to solve a real problem, success is far from assured. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Will small businesses trust the banks’ lending robots?," 25 July 2019

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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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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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