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"successful" in British English

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successfuladjective

uk   us   /səkˈses.fəl/
B1 achieving the ​resultswanted or ​hoped for: a successful ​operation My second ​attempt at making ​bread was a little more successful. This year's ​harvest was one of the most successful since the ​recordcrop of 1985.
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B2 having ​achieved a lot, ​becomepopular, and/or made a lot of ​money: a successful ​career She ​runs a very successful ​computerbusiness. 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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B2 A ​number of ​patients have been successfully ​treated with the new ​drug.
(Definition of successful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"successful" in American English

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successfuladjective

 us   /səkˈses·fəl/
achievingdesiredresults, or ​achieving the ​result of making a lot of ​money: a successful ​architect/​doctor/​lawyer Fortunately, my second ​attempt at ​starting a ​business was more successful than my first.
successfully
adverb  us   /səkˈses·fə·li/
A ​number of ​patients have been successfully ​treated with the new ​drug.
(Definition of successful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"successful" in Business English

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successfuladjective

uk   us   /səkˈsesfəl/
achieving the ​results that were wanted and hoped for: successful in sth/doing sth The ​company was successful in its ​bid. The successful ​applicants must show their ​projects are ​economicallyviable.
having ​achieved a lot, become popular, or made a lot of ​money: She ​runs a very successfulcomputerbusiness. a successful ​career/​entrepreneur/​product
(Definition of successful from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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