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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For example, one recent study found Americans perceive people with straight teeth as 58 percent more likely to be successful. Alaina Leary, Glamour, "The Reaction to Gucci's Ad Doesn't Surprise Me—I Grew Up With 'Bad Teeth'," 9 May 2019 Two discs within the cupholders are made from the front landing skid of the spaceship that completed the first successful space flight in December 2018. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Range Rover Astronaut Edition Is Only for Virgin Galactic's Commercial Astronauts," 9 May 2019 The aim of effortless IVF is to make the process as efficient as possible—in terms of time, resources, and money—while still yielding safe and successful results comparable to those of traditional IVF, Dr. Kevin Doody tells SELF. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "These Two Women Both ‘Carried’ Their Baby Using Reciprocal Effortless IVF," 16 Nov. 2018 Some Wall Street analysts seemed irritated that Intel’s steady streak of successful quarters had stalled. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel CEO Swan says chip shortages will never happen again on his watch," 25 Apr. 2019 But Herrera’s valiance and skills as one of the Mexican Revolution’s most successful soldaderas are an example of the bravery and sacrifices women during this time made to change the history of Mexico’s politics — and should not be forgotten. Teen Vogue, "Mexican Revolutionary Petra Herrera Posed as a Man to Fight for Her Country," 1 Apr. 2019 The bulk of the reduction in demand for fossil fuels through 2040 or so, in most successful 2 degree scenarios, is accomplished by reduction in overall energy demand. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 Here’s what two bubble experts told us Some of the most successful blockchain startups to date have been exchanges like Coinbase that enable users to trade cryptocurrencies and conventional money. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Ethereum falls below $100—down 93 percent from its January high," 6 Dec. 2018 Playing music and other audio content is far and away the most successful current use case for voice assistants. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 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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