successful

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adjective suc·cess·ful \ -fəl \

Definition of successful

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

successfully

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successfulness

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Examples of successful in a Sentence

  1. the play had a successful run on Broadway

  2. sold their successful dry-cleaning business and retired to Hawaii

Recent Examples of successful from the Web

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First Known Use of successful

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SUCCESSFUL Defined for English Language Learners

successful

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adjective

Definition of successful for English Language Learners

  • : having the correct or desired result : ending in success

  • : having gotten or achieved wealth, respect, or fame


SUCCESSFUL Defined for Kids

successful

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adjective suc·cess·ful \ sək-ˈses-fəl \

Definition of successful for Students

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

successfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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