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success

noun uk   /səkˈses/ us  
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?
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