successful

[[t]səkse̱sfʊl[/t]]
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1) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ in -ing Something that is successful achieves what it was intended to achieve. Someone who is successful achieves what they intended to achieve.

How successful will this new treatment be?...

I am looking forward to a long and successful partnership with him...

She has been comparatively successful in maintaining her privacy.

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successfully ADV ADV with v

The doctors have successfully concluded preliminary tests.

2) ADJ-GRADED Something that is successful is popular or makes a lot of money.

...the hugely successful movie that brought Robert Redford an Oscar for his directing...

One of the keys to successful business is careful planning.

3) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ in n Someone who is successful achieves a high position in what they do, for example in business or politics.

Women do not necessarily have to imitate men to be successful in business...

She is a successful lawyer.

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English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Successful — Suc*cess ful, a. Resulting in success; assuring, or promotive of, success; accomplishing what was proposed; having the desired effect; hence, prosperous; fortunate; happy; as, a successful use of medicine; a successful experiment; a successful… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • successful — [sək ses′fəl] adj. 1. coming about, taking place, or turning out to be as was hoped for [a successful mission] 2. having achieved success; specif., having gained wealth, fame, etc. successfully adv. successfulness n …   English World dictionary

  • successful — I adjective affluent, auspicious, blooming, blossoming, booming, champion, comfortable, effective, efficacious, felicitous, felix, flourishing, fortunate, fortunatus, fruitful, gainful, prevailing, profitable, prospering, prosperous, rich,… …   Law dictionary

  • successful — 1580s, from SUCCESS (Cf. success) + FUL (Cf. ful). Originally any kind of success; since late 19c. it has tended to mean wealthy unless otherwise indicated. Related: Successfully …   Etymology dictionary

  • successful — [adj] favorable, profitable acknowledged, advantageous, ahead of the game*, at the top*, at top of ladder*, auspicious, bestselling, blooming, blossoming, booming, champion, crowned, efficacious, extraordinary, flourishing, fortuitous, fortunate …   New thesaurus

  • successful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) accomplishing an aim or purpose. 2) having achieved fame, wealth, or social status. DERIVATIVES successfully adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • successful — suc|cess|ful W1S2 [səkˈsesfəl] adj 1.) having the effect or result you intended ▪ The operation was successful. ▪ a highly successful (=very successful) meeting successful in (doing) sth ▪ Were you successful in persuading him to change his mind? …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • successful — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove ▪ appear, seem ▪ become ▪ feel ▪ Winning is the only way they can feel s …   Collocations dictionary

  • successful — suc|cess|ful [ sək sesfəl ] adjective *** achieving the result that you want: The successful candidates will be given extensive training. very/highly/extremely successful: a highly successful peacekeeping operation successful in (doing) something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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