Hypertext Webster Gateway: "success"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Success \Suc*cess"\, n. [L. successus: cf. F. succ[`e]s. See
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

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.]

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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}]
[ant: {failure}]

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