successful

[ suh k-ses-fuh l ]
/ səkˈsɛs fəl /

adjective

achieving or having achieved success.
having attained wealth, position, honors, or the like.
resulting in or attended with success.

Nearby words

  1. succeed,
  2. succeeding,
  3. succentor,
  4. success,
  5. success story,
  6. successfully,
  7. succession,
  8. succession of crops,
  9. succession state,
  10. succession, apostolic

Origin of successful

First recorded in 1580–90; success + -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for successful

successful

/ (səkˈsɛsfʊl) /

adjective

having succeeded in one's endeavours
marked by a favourable outcome
having obtained fame, wealth, etc
Derived Formssuccessfully, adverbsuccessfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for successful

successful

adj.

1580s, from success + -ful. Originally any kind of success; since late 19c. it has tended to mean "wealthy" unless otherwise indicated. Related: Successfully.

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