Definition of “success” - English Dictionary

“success” in English

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successnoun

uk /səkˈses/ us /səkˈses/

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 people, 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.
She's determined to make a success of this project.
That salmon dish was a success, wasn't it?

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(Definition of “success” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“success” in American English

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successnoun [ C/U ]

us /səkˈses/

the achieving of desired results, or someone or something that achieves positive results:

[ U ] We’ve tried to contact him, but so far without success.
[ C ] The dinner party was a great success.

(Definition of “success” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“success” in Business English

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successnoun

uk /səkˈses/ us

[ U ] the achieving of the results that were wanted or hoped for:

The company's success is a result of its business model.
success in sth Knowledge workers are essential for success in technology-driven industries.
Our salesmen have a 70% success rate.

[ C ] something that achieves good results:

The buyout has clearly been a success.
She is determined to make a success of this project.

(Definition of “success” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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One of the key factors in the success of the last 20 years has been the privatisation of the national state-owned industries which began in the 1980s.
They will have far less chance of success in life and the conditions are all present for their children to experience the same situation.
In this respect, increasing expertise is not a goal in itself, but translating expertise into innovation and industrial success, however, is.
I wish you every success.
Our shared success has only been made possible by her incredible commitment and the huge amount of time and energy she put into her work.
Success encourages further ambition.
Their economic success depends on healthy livestock.
Is this policy a success?
In fact, a great deal of passion is needed here, and that is what we need now, too, in order to make a success of the institutional reform.
I think that is a huge success.