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Comparison of usage frequency between the noun success and its most common antonym:


Success is sometimes a misspelling of succeed.

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Definition of the noun success

What does success mean as a name of something?

Success is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: successes

  1. an event that accomplishes its intended purpose
  2. an attainment that is successful
  3. a state of prosperity or fame
    • examples: he is enjoying great success | he does not consider wealth synonymous with success
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • antonym: failure
    • more generic words: prosperity / successfulness = the condition of prospering
    • more specific terms:
    • attributes:
  4. a person with a record of successes

Alternative definition of the noun success


  1. The achievement of one's aim or goal.
  2. [business] financial profitability.
  3. One who, or that which, achieves assumed goals.

Specialised definition of the noun success

Glossary of sports

the fact of doing something well, or doing what you set out to achieve (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

something that goes well (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the result of an action that corresponds to self-determined expectations (the level of demands). The success of sport activity can be determined by certain measurements and/or assessment procedures. Action in sport is success-oriented, either relative to oneself or completely aimed towards victory, records, championships, etc. In connection with the theory of performance motivation, one differentiates between people who are guided predominantly through hope for success, and people who are more influenced by the fear of failure. Therefore, success in sport is dependent upon the type and degree of performance motivation and on the respective level of demand. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)


  1. "Success" is a 1991 German drama film directed by Franz Seitz, Jr. It was entered into the 41st Berlin International Film Festival.
  2. "Success" is a 2003 Indian Tamil drama film written and directed by Suresh Prasanna. The film featured newcomer Dushyanth in the lead role, a grandson of actor Sivaji Ganesan, while Sonia Agarwal and Nandhana played supporting roles. The film released in September 2003 to average reviews from critics.
  3. "Success" is a 2008 short film written and directed by Diederik Ebbinge.
  4. "Success" is a 1923 drama film written by Adeline Leitzbach, Theodore A. Liebler Jr. and George V. Hobart and directed by Ralph Ince.
  5. "SUCCESS" is a short film, directed by Charles Son.
    • country: Comedy
    • language: English Language
    • released in
  6. "Success" is a film.
    • also known as Eog-ulhamyeon Chulsehara, 억울하면 출세하라
    • country: South Korea
    • genre: Comedy
  7. "Success": Kenshi and the group realise that they need to find another source of power to match Kenshi's strength. They go to Yukine's village, where they turn a placement of sacred rock into a sword condensing with Kenshi's power. After the sword is made, Kenshi takes out the whole enemy faction in one swing. Kenshi is reunited with the Lithia, Lapis and other members of Holy Land Academy right after he collapses from the fatigue and gets a fever. While Kenshi is asleep, the girls all talk about how Kenshi has helped them even though he is not actually involved in their worlds' battle. King Shurifon and Flora make their entrance, telling them that both Aura and Maria are to be engaged to Kenshi. While Kenshi is asleep, Mexiah visits him on his bedside and tells him the truth about what he is and that both of them should be together. However, it is revealed to be a trick as Babalun tries to take control over Kenshi but Kenshi overcomes his magic. Mexiah then attempts to take out the Swan by destroying the weight inhibitor, but Kenshi saves it just in time. Meanwhile, Babalun vows to defeat Kenshi while Kenshi gains reinforcements to stop Gaia's revival.
    • director: Masaki Kajishima
    • genres: Anime, Animation
    • released on (5 years ago)
  8. "Success" a.k.a. "The American Success Company" is a film directed by William Richert released on Mar 1980.

Phrases with Success

  1. Success Story
  2. Success Has Many Fathers, Failure Is an Orphan

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Success

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Google previewUnless You're a Hermit Success Means Working with People (2008)

by James Akenhead

Intangible Elements Missing in most discussions about success is an 60 Unless You're a Hermit Success Means Working with People.

Google previewSuccess is a Marathon and not a Sprint

The well-tested traits of successful people listed above can be helpful to you in the process. Specifics lor successful lima ike all abstract terms, it is 106 Sura's • Success is a Marathon, not a Sprint.

Google previewThe Magic of Thinking Big (2014)

by David J. Schwartz

Success means many wonderful, positive things. Success means personal prosperity:a fine home, vacations, travel, new things, financial security, giving your children maximum advantages. Success means winning admiration, leadership, ...

Google previewSatisfying Success (2009)

And the Ways to Achieve It by Carl Tuchy Palmieri

Success is an event that accomplishes its intended purpose.

Google previewThe Delineator (1899)

SUCCESS is a Handsomely Illustrated Weekly Magazine, Unlike any Other Periodical in Character, Contents, and...

Google previewEngineer Your Own Success (2014)

7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career by Anthony Fasano

However, they all define “success” differently. It's important that you define what success means to you as early on in your career as possible. Your definition of success will directly affect your professional performance and your life as a whole .

Google previewTruth and life (1921)

by Albert Cotton Grier, Agnes Rosina (McCarthy) Lawson

True success is the ability to see correctly the inner or spiritual world, and the ability to produce something which adds to the general happiness, welfare and understanding. Success is productive accomplishment, it matters not in what line, ...

Google previewHome and Flowers (1900)

An Illustrated Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Home Beautiful

Year Success is the hvst family magazine published ; see description below, $1.00 Cosmopolitan, • Year.

"SUCCESS" is the Best Family Magazine Published « SUCCESS is a large and handsome family journal, issued monthly at One ...

Google previewRecognizing Race and Ethnicity (2014)

Power, Privilege, and Inequality by Kathleen J. Fitzgerald

Many Asian American students feel great pressure to excel academically, to live up the stereotype of them as the model minority, which assumes Asian American academic success is the result of hard work and Asian cultural norms that ...

Google previewI Am a Professional Artist (2002)

The Key to Survival and Success in the World of the Arts by Gilli Moon

James Armstrong: Success is an individual appraisal. Not only from your own...

Beigel: Success means comfort in the relationship with the goals you've set. If your goal is making a...

Franck Bensoussan: Success is a dangerous word as its pressures can crawl inside you and keep you insatiable. There are different ...

Google previewThe Law Firm Associate's Guide to Connecting with Your Colleagues (2009)

by Barbara Black Miller, Martin Camp

SUCCESS MEANS MEETING EXPECTATIONS It's our belief that when you want to support others effectively you should give ...

Google previewFiber Optics Standard Dictionary (2012)

by Martin Weik

must equal 1 minus the disengagement success ratio (DSR). See also disengagement attempt, disengagement denial probability, disengagement success ratio, performance measurement ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Quotations from the English Poets (1881)

by Henry George Bohn

STYLE — SUCCESS. STYLE — continued. Be sure avoid set phrases when you write, The usual way of speech is more polite. Ovid. SUBJECTS. Subjects are stifiP-neck'd animals : they soon Feet slackened reins, and throw the rider ...

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Quotes about Success

The Success does not chase the successful
The successful chases the success

The dream does not chase the dreamer
The dreamer chases the dream

I will chase my success
I will chase my dream

My dream is; success (Ryan Merkel)
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Scrabble value of S1U1C3C3E1S1S1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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