from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted.
  • noun The gaining of fame or prosperity.
  • noun The extent of such gain.
  • noun One that is successful.
  • noun Archaic A result or an outcome.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Succession; order of sequence.
  • noun The termination of any affair, whether happy or (now rarely) unhappy; issue; result; consequence.
  • noun A favorable or prosperous termination of anything attempted; a termination which answers the purpose intended; prosperous issue; often, specifically, the gaining of money, position, or other advantage.
  • noun A successful undertaking or attempt; what is done with a favorable result: as, political or military successes.
  • noun One who or that which succeeds, especially in a way that is public or notorious: as, the speech was a success; he is a social success.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Act of succeeding; succession.
  • noun That which comes after; hence, consequence, issue, or result, of an endeavor or undertaking, whether good or bad; the outcome of effort.
  • noun The favorable or prosperous termination of anything attempted; the attainment of a proposed object; prosperous issue.
  • noun colloq. That which meets with, or one who accomplishes, favorable results, as a play or a player.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun business financial profitability.
  • noun One who, or that which, achieves assumed goals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person with a record of successes
  • noun a state of prosperity or fame
  • noun an attainment that is successful
  • noun an event that accomplishes its intended purpose


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin successus, from past participle of succēdere, to succeed; see succeed.]

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From Latin successus, from succedere ("to succeed").


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