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adjective successful pronunciation in British English /səkˈsesf(ə)l/
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  1. achieving the result that you want
    The successful candidates will be given extensive training.
    very/highly/extremely successful: a highly successful peacekeeping operation
    successful in (doing) something: We have been very successful in attracting some top quality firms to the area.
    1. a.
      used about someone who does well in their career or business
      a successful businesswoman
      Her children have all been successful in their chosen careers.
    2. b.
      used about a business or project that makes a lot of money
      He described them as the most successful guitar band of the decade.
      another highly successful year for the bank

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