Meaning of “successful” in the English Dictionary

"successful" in British English

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successfuladjective

uk /səkˈses.fəl/ us /səkˈses.fəl/

B1 achieving the results wanted 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 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 /səkˈses.fəl.i/ us /səkˈses.fəl.i/

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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/

achieving desired results, 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 /səkˈsesfəl/ us

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 economically viable.

having achieved a lot, become popular, or made a lot of money:

She runs a very successful computer business.

(Definition of “successful” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)