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(1)   An attainment that is successful
"His success in the marathon was unexpected"
"His new play was a great success"
(2)   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"
(3)   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"
(4)   A state of prosperity or fame
"He is enjoying great success"
"He does not consider wealth synonymous with success"


  1. The achievement of one's aim or goal.
    His third attempt to pass the entrance exam was a success.
  2. financial profitability.
  3. One who, or that which, achieves assumed goals.
    Scholastically, he was a success.
    The new range of toys has been a resounding success.