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mass noun

mass noun
  • 1The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.

    ‘there is a thin line between success and failure’
    • ‘the region has had some success in attracting light industry’
    favourable outcome, successfulness, favourable result, successful outcome, positive result, victory, triumph
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    1. 1.1The attainment of fame, wealth, or social status.
      ‘her success owed more to hard work than luck’
      • ‘the success of his play’
      prosperity, prosperousness, successfulness, affluence, wealth, riches, fortune, opulence, luxury, comfort, life of ease, the good life, milk and honey
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    2. 1.2count noun A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains fame, wealth, etc.
      ‘overall the fair was a great success’
      • ‘I must make a success of my business’
      triumph, bestseller, box-office success, sell-out, coup, master stroke
      star, superstar, celebrity, big name, household name, somebody, important person, VIP, personality, public figure, dignitary, luminary, leading light
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  • 2 archaic The good or bad outcome of an undertaking.

    • ‘the good or ill success of their maritime enterprises’
    result, end result, consequence, net result, upshot, effect, after-effect, aftermath, conclusion, sequel, follow-up, issue, product, end product, end, development, offshoot, outgrowth, wake, denouement
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/səkˈses/ /səkˈsɛs/


Mid 16th century from Latin successus, from the verb succedere ‘come close after’ (see succeed).