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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Military planners might never know if the mission was ultimately successful. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Military Once Had Nukes That Could Fit in a Backpack," 14 Jan. 2019 And the campaign has already been massively successful, as 36 states have now started anti-CT legal actions. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "What Is Conversion Therapy?," 20 Nov. 2018 Across the country, dozens of transportation sales tax increases were generally more successful when proposed at the local or regional level. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Transit on the ballot: How cities voted to fund transportation," 7 Nov. 2018 Cyan’s been one of the more successful developers on Kickstarter, with last year’s Myst Kickstarter raising more than $2 million on a $250 thousand goal. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Myst developer Cyan returns to Kickstarter for new game Firmament," 26 Mar. 2019 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

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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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