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English definition of “successful”

successful

adjective     /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 economically viable.
having achieved a lot, become popular, or made a lot of money: She runs a very successful computer business. a successful career/entrepreneur/product
(Definition of successful adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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