- 1[uncountable] the fact that you have achieved something 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? success (in doing something) I didn't have much success in finding a job. success (in something) 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. opposite failure Idioms
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when you are successful in one area of your life, it often leads to success in other areas
nothing succeeds like success(saying)jump to other results
a very great success The latest Disneyland has been a roaring success.
a roaring success(informal)jump to other results
the pleasant feeling of being successful
the sweet smell of success(informal)jump to other results