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noun success pronunciation in British English /səkˈses/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the achievement of something that you planned to do or attempted to do

    Thorough preparation will increase your chances of success.

    The school has had a lot of success with its basic literacy programme.

    success of:

    The success of the campaign depends heavily on the work of volunteers.

    success in (doing) something:

    How do you explain their success in reducing violent crime?

    little/limited/mixed/moderate success:

    I’ve had mixed success preparing the dish in the microwave.

    success rate:

    a fertility treatment with a success rate of around 60%

  2. 2
    [countable] a plan or an attempt that achieves good results

    Our department has had several impressive successes in the past year.

    a big/great/huge success:

    The party was a huge success.

    make a success of something:

    She set up her own business and made a success of it.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the fact that you are successful in your career or profession, especially when you become rich, famous, respected etc

    Jorie enjoyed great success with her second book of poems.

    Advertising has played a big part in the restaurant’s success.

    1. a.
      [countable] someone who achieves a lot, especially by becoming rich, famous, respected etc

      She turned out to be a success at marketing.

      an overnight success (=someone who becomes a success quickly):

      The band became an overnight success.


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