achieve

verb
\ ə-ˈchēv \
achieved; achieving

Definition of achieve

transitive verb

1 : to carry out successfully : accomplish achieve a gradual increase in production
2 : 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

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Other Words from achieve

achievable \ -​ˈchē-​və-​bəl \ adjective
achiever noun

Synonyms for achieve

Synonyms

attain, bag, chalk up, clock (up) [chiefly British], gain, hit, log, make, notch (up), rack up, ring up, score, win

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perform, execute, discharge, accomplish, achieve, effect, fulfill mean to carry out or into effect. perform implies action that follows established patterns or procedures or fulfills agreed-upon requirements and often connotes special skill. performed gymnastics execute stresses the carrying out of what exists in plan or in intent. executed the hit-and-run discharge implies execution and completion of appointed duties or tasks. discharged his duties accomplish stresses the successful completion of a process rather than the means of carrying it out. accomplished everything they set out to do achieve adds to accomplish the implication of conquered difficulties. achieve greatness effect adds to achieve an emphasis on the inherent force in the agent capable of surmounting obstacles. effected sweeping reforms fulfill implies a complete realization of ends or possibilities. fulfilled their ambitions

Examples of achieve in a Sentence

a diet that achieves dramatic results With much practice, she has achieved a high level of skill. They achieved high scores on their math tests. We give students the skills they need in order to achieve in college.
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Targets that would have been achieved with relatively modest stock gains now look considerably more difficult to hit. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Writhing Markets Force a Rethink of 2019 Wall Street Forecasts," 6 Jan. 2019 Although liberation is not achieved through America's two-party electoral system, Black women continued to advocate for their rights and communities because of their historical disenfranchisement by Texas’s political system. Taylor Crumpton, Teen Vogue, "Beto O'Rourke Won With Texas's Black Women Because We Are Still the Moral Compass of United States Politics," 12 Nov. 2018 The 2020 ispace mission will be considered a success if the lander achieves lunar orbit, company representatives said. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Japanese Startup ispace to Launch Moon Lander Missions on SpaceX Rockets," 26 Sep. 2018 What will be achieved and who will succeed Lauren are unknown. Harper's BAZAAR, "American Dream: Ralph Lauren Celebrates 50 Years," 6 Sep. 2018 According to the paper, ’Oumuamua would need to be less than a millimeter thick in order to achieve the acceleration astronomers saw. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Speculate Interstellar Comet Could Be a Solar Sail," 6 Nov. 2018 But in order to achieve a highly significant signal between the detectors, the LIGO collaboration takes into account how both signals are correlated. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Danish physicists claim to cast doubt on detection of gravitational waves," 1 Nov. 2018 In order to achieve the increase, some officers will have their regular shifts extended, while others will have their days off canceled. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Chicago shootings leave 2 dead following bloody weekend of 11 killings," 2 Oct. 2018 Since your hair needs to be lifted to a super light shade in order to achieve the look, the process can be extremely damaging. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Celebs Are All Dyeing Their Hair Neon Colors for Fall," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of achieve

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for achieve

Middle English acheven, borrowed from Anglo-French achever "to complete, carry out, succeed," from a-, prefix forming telic and transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + -chever, verbal derivative from chef, chief "end, head" — more at chief entry 3

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The first known use of achieve was in the 14th century

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achieve

verb

English Language Learners Definition of achieve

: to get or reach (something) by working hard

: to become successful : to reach a goal

achieve

verb
\ ə-ˈchēv \
achieved; achieving

Kids Definition of achieve

1 : to get by means of hard work She achieved a perfect score.
2 : to become successful Our school provides us with the skills to achieve in college.

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