AskDefine | Define success

Dictionary Definition



1 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" [ant: failure]
2 an attainment that is successful; "his success in the marathon was unexpected"; "his new play was a great success"
3 a state of prosperity or fame; "he is enjoying great success"; "he does not consider wealth synonymous with success" [ant: failure]
4 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" [syn: achiever, winner, succeeder] [ant: failure]

User Contributed Dictionary



From successus, from verb succedere.



  1. the achievement of one's aim or goal.
    His third attempt to pass the entrance exam was a success.
  2. financial profitability.
  3. a person who achieves his or her goals.
    Scholastically, he was a success.


achievement of one's aim or goal
  • Czech: úspěch, zdar
  • Finnish: menestys, onnistuminen
  • Hungarian: eredmény, kimenetel
  • Japanese: (, seikō)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: سه‌رکه‌وتن
  • Russian: успех, удача
  • Slovene: uspeh
(business) financial profitability
a person who achieves his or her goals
  • Finnish: menestyjä
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: سه‌رکه‌وتو


Extensive Definition

Success may mean:



  • Success Formula, a United Kingdom personal success magazine publication containing information about wealth, health, well being, motivation and inspiration. (Also see Success Formula Website)



See also

success in Arabic: نجاح
success in Dutch: Succes
success in Simple English: Success

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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