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siker +‎ -ül [1]


  • IPA(key): [ˈʃikɛryl]
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  • Hyphenation: si‧ke‧rül



  1. (intransitive) to succeed in doing something, to manage to do something
    Annának sikerült kinyitnia a befőttesüveget.Anna succeeded in opening or managed to open the preserving jar. (literally, “For Anna, it was successful to open the…”)
  2. (intransitive) to turn out (well)
    A sütemény jól sikerült: se nem túl puha, se nem túl kemény.The cookie turned out well: it's neither too soft nor too hard.

Usage notesEdit

In the first sense, the subject of the verb is the attempt itself, expressed with an infinitive or a noun. The person (or other being) who (which) makes the attempt is expressed with -nak/-nek but it is often omitted if it is clear from the context. The person can also be specified if the subject is expressed with an infinitive, by conjugating it with a personal suffix. For example: Sikerült Pistának elküldeni a levelet might mean “We [or someone else] managed to send the letter to Pista” or “Pista managed to send the letter [to someone]”. Instead, the former sense can be specified by using elküldenünk, and the latter sense, by using elküldenie. (See also infinitive suffixes in Hungarian.)



  1. ^ Zaicz, Gábor. Etimológiai szótár: Magyar szavak és toldalékok eredete (’Dictionary of Etymology: The origin of Hungarian words and affixes’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006, →ISBN