Success Definition

Standard Definition

[n] an attainment that is successful; "his success in the marathon was unexpected"; "his new play was a great success"
[n] an event that accomplishes its intended purpose; "let's call heads a success and tails a failure"; "the election was a remarkable success for Republicans"
[n] a person with a record of successes; "his son would never be the achiever that his father was"; "only winners need apply"; "if you want to be a success you have to dress like a success"
[n] a state of prosperity or fame; "he is enjoying great success"; "he does not consider wealth synonymous with success"

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Misc. Definitions

\Suc*cess"\, n. [L. successus: cf. F. succ[`e]s. See {Succeed}.]
1. Act of succeeding; succession. [Obs.] Then all the sons of these five brethren reigned By due success. --Spenser.
2. That which comes after; hence, consequence, issue, or result, of an endeavor or undertaking, whether good or bad; the outcome of effort. Men . . . that are like to do that, that is committed to them, and to report back again faithfully the success. --Bacon. Perplexed and troubled at his bad success The tempter stood. --Milton.
3. The favorable or prosperous termination of anything attempted; the attainment of a proposed object; prosperous issue. Dream of success and happy victory! --Shak. Or teach with more success her son The vices of the time to shun. --Waller. Military successes, above all others, elevate the minds of a people. --Atterbury.
4. That which meets with, or one who accomplishes, favorable results, as a play or a player. [Colloq.]

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