achieve

verb \ ə-ˈchēv \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of achieve

achieved; achieving
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

achievable

play \-ˈchē-və-bəl\ adjective

achiever

noun

Examples of achieve in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of 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 3chief

achieve Synonyms

Synonyms
attain, bag, chalk up, clock (up) [chiefly British], gain, hit, log, make, notch (up), rack up, ring up, score, win
Related Words
acquire, capture, carry, draw, garner, get, land, make, obtain, procure, realize, secure; amount (to), approach, equal, match, measure up (to), meet, rival, tie, touch; beat, excel, outdo, surpass, top
Near Antonyms
fall short (of), miss; fail (at); lose

Synonym Discussion of achieve

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


ACHIEVE Defined for English Language Learners

achieve

verb

Definition of achieve for English Language Learners

  • : to get or reach (something) by working hard

  • : to become successful : to reach a goal


ACHIEVE Defined for Kids

achieve

verb \ ə-ˈchēv \

Definition of achieve for Students

achieved; achieving
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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