W1S1 [səkˈses] n [U and C]
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of succedere; SUCCEED]
1.) when you achieve what you want or intend
≠ ↑failure
be a big/huge/great etc success
The experiment was a big success.
without success
I tried to contact him, but without success.
What's the secret of your success ?
Their efforts finally met with some success (=they were successful) .
I didn't think my chances of success were very good.
She puts her success down to good luck (=says it is caused by good luck) .
success in doing sth
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
≠ ↑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, course, sport, in society etc
≠ ↑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
≠ ↑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.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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