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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Not all liberty challengers to Republican incumbents were successful, as two candidates who petitioned to impeach Beshear in 2021 lost their primary races. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 18 May 2022 So this program really creates a community where these first-generation students have support and are able to learn all those strategies and tools of being successful in college. John Laidler,, 18 May 2022 Constant said his campaign fundraising efforts, which have yielded roughly $100,000 so far, have been successful, though that total trails the $370,000 that Begich has raised from others for his own House bid. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, 18 May 2022 Metaverse implementations are already successful in medical education and training. Saeed Elnaj, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Mazel-Carlton knows that the alliance’s methods are not always successful. New York Times, 17 May 2022 If the talks are successful, Chevron could be allowed to extract and sell Venezuelan oil. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 The surgery wasn’t successful, however, and Yalden began experiencing issues with the foot again. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2022 Coco does not travel on highways or other high-speed streets, but a sidewalk on the feeder gave me hope that the robot's mission would be successful. Emma Balter, Chron, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of successful

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of successful was in 1594

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20 May 2022

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“Successful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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