1. Act of succeeding; succession. [Obs.]
Then all the sons of these five brethren reigned
By due success. --Spenser.
2. That which comes after; hence, consequence, issue, or result, of an endeavor or undertaking, whether good or bad; the outcome of effort.
Men . . . that are like to do that, that is committed to them, and to report back again faithfully the success. --Bacon.
Perplexed and troubled at his bad success
The tempter stood. --Milton.
3. The favorable or prosperous termination of anything attempted; the attainment of a proposed object; prosperous issue.
Dream of success and happy victory! --Shak.
Or teach with more success her son
The vices of the time to shun. --Waller.
Military successes, above all others, elevate the minds of a people. --Atterbury.
4. That which meets with, or one who accomplishes, favorable results, as a play or a player. [Colloq.]
n 1: an event that accomplishes its intended purpose; "let's call
heads a success and tails a failure"; "the election was
a remarkable success for Republicans" [ant: failure]
2: an attainment that is successful; "his success in the
marathon was unexpected"; "his new play was a great
3: a state of prosperity or fame; "he is enjoying great
success"; "he does not consider wealth synonymous with
success" [ant: failure]
4: a person with a record of successes; "his son would never be
the achiever that his father was"; "only winners need
apply"; "if you want to be a success you have to dress
like a success" [syn: achiever, winner, succeeder]