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the achieving of the results wanted or hoped for

US /səkˈses/ 
UK /səkˈses/ 

موفقیت، كاميابى


His success in the exams surprized everyone.

موفقيت‌ او در امتحانات‌ همه‌ را شگفت‌ زده‌ كرد.‏

Oxford Essential Dictionary



1 (no plural) doing or getting what you wanted; doing well:
I wish you success with your studies.

2 (plural successes) somebody or something that does well or that people like a lot:
The film 'The Matrix' was a great success.
 opposite failure

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


success S1 W1 /səkˈses/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable and countable]
[Word Family: noun: success, succession, successor; adjective: successful ≠ unsuccessful, successive; verb: succeed; adverb: successfully ≠ unsuccessfully]
[Date: 1500-1600; Language: Latin; Origin: past participle of succedere; ⇨ succeed]
1. when you achieve what you want or intend OPP failure:
The experiment was a big success.
without success
I tried to contact him, but without success.
success in doing something
Did you have any success in persuading Alan to come?
2. when a lot of people like something, buy something, go to see something etc OPP failure
be a big/huge/great etc success
The film was a great success.
Her book has enjoyed a lot of success (=it has been very successful).
The play was a box-office success (=many people went to see it).
The show was an overnight success (=it was immediately successful).
3. when someone achieves a high position in their job, on a course, in a sport, in society etc OPP failure:
Success isn’t everything, you know.
success in
He has already had a lot of success in his career.
be a success as a ... (=be successful in a particular job)
She wasn’t much of a success as a lawyer.
She’s determined to make a success of (=be successful in) her career.
4. when a business makes a lot of money OPP failure:
the success of his latest business venture
be a big/huge/great etc success
The firm wasn’t a great success.
5. success story someone or something that is successful:
The company has been a major success story.
• • •
■ adjectives
a great success Everyone agreed the picnic was a great success.
a big/huge/major success The government claimed the policy was a major success.
a resounding/outstanding/spectacular success (=very great success) Financially, the event was a resounding success.
great/considerable success This plant can be grown by the absolute beginner with great success.
some success The group is already achieving some success.
little/no success Attempts to resolve the dispute met with little success.
limited success (=not very much success) The attempt to replace coca with other crops has had only limited success.
commercial/economic/financial success None of his ideas had any commercial success.
academic success (=success in education) There is no evidence that early teaching of reading leads to academic success.
electoral success (=success in elections) The electoral success of the far right understandably fills many people in Europe with alarm.
military success This military success was achieved at a cost.
■ verbs
have/achieve success China has had considerable success in conserving water since 1983.
meet with success (=be successful) We are disappointed that this round of negotiations has not met with success.
put your success down to something (=say that your success was the result of it) They put their success down to their excellent teamwork.
■ phrases
somebody's chance of success They have a good chance of success.
the secret of somebody's success (=what makes them successful) A visitor asked Connie the secret of her success with growing roses.
the success rate (=what percentage of actions are successful) The success rate in cloning is still extremely low.
► Do not say 'make success' or 'make a success'. Say have success or achieve success.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary




suc·cess [success successes]   [səkˈses]    [səkˈses]  noun
1. uncountable the fact that you have achieved sth that you want and have been trying to do or get; the fact of becoming rich or famous or of getting a high social position
What's the secret of your success?
~ (in doing sth) I didn't have much success in finding a job.
~ (in sth) They didn't have much success in life.
Confidence is the key to success.
economic success
Their plan will probably meet with little success.

• She was surprised by the book's success (= that it had sold a lot of copies).

2. countable a person or thing that has achieved a good result and been successful
The party was a big success.
He's proud of his daughter's successes.
She wasn't a success as a teacher.
He was determined to make a success of the business.
Opp:  failure, see a roaring success at  roaring, nothing succeeds like success at  succeed, the sweet smell of success at  sweet  adj.  
Word Origin:
mid 16th cent.: from Latin successus, from the verb succedere ‘come close after’, from sub- ‘close to’ + cedere ‘go’.  
Example Bank:
He attributes his success to having a stable family life.
He is eager to notch up another success.
He was pleased with his apparent success.
I owe my success to him.
I've had some success in getting rid of the weeds.
Initially the venture enjoyed a fair amount of success.
It has already been used with great success.
Much of his success lies in his skill in handling staff.
Researchers have claimed great success with this approach.
Several people have reported success with this approach.
She had little success in getting new customers.
She had worked hard and was confident of success.
She tried to persuade them without success.
She's made a real success of that job.
Success didn't come overnight— she struggled for years before making any money.
That kind of financial success breeds confidence.
The band's new album has been a runaway success.
The bank's success rests on several factors.
The book proved a major commercial success.
The campaign had only limited success.
The campaign to stop drink-driving had only limited success.
The company has been one of the success stories of the past decade.
The company's excellent marketing has resulted in enormous international success.
The event was judged a success by its organizers.
The movement has scored some notable successes.
The operation has a success rate of over 80%.
The success or failure of the project depends on how committed the managers are.
The year-long fight for a pay rise ended in success.
The year-long fight for permission to build the house ended in success.
Their ultimate success has yet to be determined.
These issues determine success in the global marketplace.
We are sad to see Hiroko go, and wish her every success in the future.
We can't guarantee immediate success.
We had one or two outstanding successes.
We were celebrating our success.
We're trying to get him to sponsor us, but there's not much hope of success.
What are our chances of success?
Your contribution was vital to the success of the concert.
artists who have experienced some initial success
one of the key success factors
the immediate satisfaction of worldly success
the mixed success of the project
the recent success of films from Mexico
the secret of his success with women
the test's ability to predict success in college
He had already achieved modest successes on the London stage.
If we manage to break even this year, it will be a qualified success.
She wasn't a success as a teacher.
The party was a great success.
Confidence is the key to success.
• She was surprised by the book' s success.

• commercial/economic/electoral success

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition

success / səkˈses / noun

B1 [ U ] the achieving of the results wanted or hoped for:

The success of almost any project depends largely on its manager.

I've been trying to persuade her to take on more staff, but so far without success.

I'm not having much success in communicating with him at the moment.

The success rate for this operation is very low.

B1 [ C ] something that achieves positive results:

Both films have been a big box-office success in this country.

She's determined to make a success of this project.

That salmon dish was a success, wasn't it?

© Cambridge University Press 2013

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary



 1) N-UNCOUNT Success is the achievement of something that you have been trying to do.
  It's important for the long-term success of any diet that you vary your meals.
  ...the success of European business in building a stronger partnership between management and workers.
 2) N-UNCOUNT Success is the achievement of a high position in a particular field, for example in business or politics.
  Nearly all of the young people interviewed believed that work was the key to success.
 3) N-UNCOUNT: usu with poss The success of something is the fact that it works in a satisfactory way or has the result that is intended.
  Most of the cast was amazed by the play's success...
  Enthused by the success of the first exhibition, its organisers are hoping to repeat the experience.
 4) N-COUNT Someone or something that is a success achieves a high position, makes a lot of money, or is admired a great deal.
  The jewellery was a great success...
  We hope it will be a commercial success.

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 



suc·cess /səkˈsɛs/ noun, pl -cess·es
1 [noncount]
a : the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame
Success came easily to him.
• With success comes responsibility.
the secret of my success [=why I am successful]
b : the correct or desired result of an attempt
• Did you have any/much success in finding the dog? [=did you find the dog?]
• The project met with little success. [=was not successful]
• He tried to repair the engine but without success. [=he was not able to repair the engine]
2 [count] : someone or something that is successful : a person or thing that succeeds
• The play was an immediate success. [=it was immediately popular]
• one of her many successes [=one of many things she has done successfully]
• 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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