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successful

adjective uk   us   /səkˈses.fəl/
B1 achieving the results wanted or hoped for: a successful operation My second attempt at making flaky pastry was a bit more successful. This year's harvest was one of the most successful since the record crop of 1985.
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B2 having achieved a lot, become popular, and/or made a lot of money: a successful career She runs a very successful computer business. He's the author of several hugely successful children's books (= books which have been bought by a lot of people). The Birmingham Royal Ballet has had a highly successful season.
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adverb uk   us   /-i/
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B2 A number of patients have been successfully treated with the new drug.
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