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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Attempts to reach Cukor and Wesly were not immediately successful. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "SF man in viral video says father’s slaying by trespasser motivated his call to police," 10 July 2019 In fact, Mexico’s subsidized childcare network, which has served 2 million children since it was established in 2007, has been quite successful in enabling more women to work outside the home. Luis Gómez Romero, The Conversation, "Mexican president López Obrador has a woman problem," 10 July 2019 Perot's second campaign four years later was far less successful. CBS News, "Ross Perot, billionaire former presidential candidate, has died at age 89," 9 July 2019 Yet, what one does on game day doesn’t always define how successful the individual is. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Reflecting back on Jared Lorenzen's NFL career with the New York Giants," 9 July 2019 Perot’s second campaign four years later was far less successful. David Koenig, Twin Cities, "Colorful self-made billionaire H. Ross Perot dies at 89," 9 July 2019 Attempts to reach Russell for comment weren’t immediately successful. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al.com, "Huntsville real estate broker arrested on harassment charge," 9 July 2019 Perot's second campaign four years later was far less successful. David Koenig, Anchorage Daily News, "H. Ross Perot, Texas billionaire and presidential candidate, dies at 89," 9 July 2019 Perot's second campaign four years later was far less successful. David Koenig, USA TODAY, "Ross Perot, a self-made billionaire and former presidential candidate, dies aged 89," 9 July 2019

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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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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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