\ ə-ˈchēv How to pronounce achieve (audio) \
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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achievable \ ə-​ˈchē-​və-​bəl How to pronounce achievable (audio) \ adjective

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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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Recent Examples on the Web But other universities have moved to address the issues more directly, instituting policies meant to help faculty achieve tenure and prevent women and caretakers from suffering short-term academic losses. Jillian Kramer, New York Times, "The Virus Moved Female Faculty to the Brink. Will Universities Help?," 6 Oct. 2020 As battery technology evolves, utilities such as CPS could eventually achieve net-zero emissions and also provide adequate power by charging up massive batteries when the sun is shining mid-day or the wind is blowing overnight. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Report: Reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 — San Antonio’s goal — may be impossible," 30 Sep. 2020 She's seen people achieve productivity and salary gains through doing this, both with new jobs and with promotions and raises within their current company. Kristine Gill, Fortune, "How do you explain your resume gap in a COVID job market?," 25 Sep. 2020 Paul said New York City had achieved a high enough infection rate that the city could achieve herd immunity and mitigate the pandemic, but Fauci said Paul was not listening to the experts. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "'You misconstrue that, Senator': Fauci tells Sen. Rand Paul he has the facts wrong on COVID-19," 23 Sep. 2020 This strain is a rare mutation of the oral polio vaccine, which experts say will disappear as countries achieve herd immunity and phase out the vaccine. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Building a recycled highway, and more," 14 Sep. 2020 In particular, Blanco will need to achieve and maintain full knee extension to avoid developing excessive scar tissue within his knee, which can lead to the need for another surgery. Colin Hoobler, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers' Sebastian Blanco faces tough rehab from knee injury," 11 Sep. 2020 Each day is fueled by the same goal: to achieve justice for Taylor, an unarmed Black woman killed by police in her apartment on March 13, and to promote racial justice., "100 days of protests: Looking back at moments that have shaped the Breonna Taylor movement," 4 Sep. 2020 Ivanka Trump talked about her father’s passion to achieve great deals and how that skill and ambition will help the nation recover from the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Ivanka Trump: 'Donald Trump has changed Washington'," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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15 Oct 2020

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“Achieve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of achieve

: to get or reach (something) by working hard
: to become successful : to reach a goal


\ ə-ˈchēv How to pronounce achieve (audio) \
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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