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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The success of the internal market is closely bound up with cooperation between countries, and a concerted effort is the only way of achieving the results we all long for.
In terms of human resources, the number of posts requested to guarantee the success of this enlargement is, it seems to me, modest.
If this process is to be a success, we must achieve progress along the political, economic and security tracks at all costs.
My answer is that mastery and exploitation of outer space is the key to success in the world of modern technology.
Surely we should first make a success of the current enlargement, and only then can we think about making new promises.
Women must participate in a very practical way in the development of their country, because each woman is a potential agent of success, change and development.
I say this not only for the sake of young people, but also because their success is the key to our own survival.
The public, the electorate, would simply not understand if we were unable to achieve a breakthrough, or if the summit ended not with a success but with winners and losers.
I am convinced that these two fields are closely interconnected and mutually reinforce each other, and at the same time, that their success is interdependent.
There is a lot at stake, a lot to play for and we are going to proceed on that basis towards eventual success.