verb \ə-ˈchēv\

: to get or reach (something) by working hard

: to become successful : to reach a goal


Full Definition of ACHIEVE

transitive verb
:  to carry out successfully :  accomplish <achieve a gradual increase in production>
:  to get or attain as the result of exertion :  reach <achieved a high degree of skill> <achieved greatness>
intransitive verb
:  to attain a desired end or aim :  become successful
achiev·able \-ˈchē-və-bəl\ adjective
achiev·er noun

Examples of ACHIEVE

  1. a diet that achieves dramatic results
  2. With much practice, she has achieved a high level of skill.
  3. They achieved high scores on their math tests.
  4. We give students the skills they need in order to achieve in college.

Origin of ACHIEVE

Middle English acheven, from Anglo-French achever to finish, from a- (from Latin ad-) + chef end, head — more at chief
First Known Use: 14th century


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