successful

adjective
suc·​cess·​ful | \ sək-ˈses-fəl How to pronounce successful (audio) \

Definition of successful

1 : resulting or terminating in success a successful attempt
2 : gaining or having gained success a successful investor

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Other Words from successful

successfully \ sək-​ˈses-​fə-​lē How to pronounce successfully (audio) \ adverb
successfulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for successful

Synonyms

flourishing, going, palmy, prosperous, thriving, triumphant

Antonyms

failed, unsuccessful

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Examples of successful in a Sentence

the play had a successful run on Broadway sold their successful dry-cleaning business and retired to Hawaii

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His coaching pick proved successful, considering Red ultimately advanced to the finale and took home fourth place. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Contestant Jackson Marlow Has a Famous Uncle Who You'll Definitely Recognize," 19 Mar. 2019 Immensely successful, with powerful momentum on any number of fronts — online shopping, voice assistants, smart devices, cloud services, and so on. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Amazon," 27 Dec. 2018 Ever since then, even though not all of these items have been successful, enough of them have been driving sales or driving conversation around a brand that operators are continuing to pursue a strategy. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Why we’re in a golden age of novelty food items and bizarre flavors," 21 Dec. 2018 All of this to say, Germany's skin-care legacy lives on as detailed and by the books, but perhaps that's what makes so successful? Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "The Importance of Germany in the Skin-Care Industry," 24 Oct. 2018 Plus, people who logged their food at least twice a day were more successful at losing weight than those who did it once — and the three time per day-ers lost the most. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Using a Food Journal Can Help You Lose Weight — And Actually Keep It Off," 28 Feb. 2019 These are career mistakes new grads should avoid to become successful at work. Valencia Higuera, The Seattle Times, "9 biggest career mistakes college grads make," 20 Feb. 2019 Although the move was meant to be temporary, the idea was so successful in attracting tourists that locals voted to keep the distinctive coloring. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 To date, the palace has been fairly successful at keeping this phenomenon at bay with the young royal children. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How the Internet’s Obsession with the Royal Family Turned Toxic," 10 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of successful

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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successful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of successful

: having the correct or desired result : ending in success
: having gotten or achieved wealth, respect, or fame

successful

adjective
suc·​cess·​ful | \ sək-ˈses-fəl How to pronounce successful (audio) \

Kids Definition of successful

1 : resulting or ending well or in success My attempt to swim across the harbor was successful.
2 : gaining or having gained success a successful business

Other Words from successful

successfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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