achieve

verb
\ 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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Other Words from achieve

achievable \ -​ˈchē-​və-​bəl How to pronounce achievable (audio) \ 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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To achieve that goal, Hofeller recommended to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team that the 2020 census ask about citizenship. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Opponents of adding citizenship question to 2020 census ask Supreme Court to delay any ruling against them," 12 June 2019 Within reach To truly understand the surface, a number of scientists want to actually land a craft on our toxic twin—a feat that has not been achieved for 35 years. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Venus, Earth’s Evil Twin, Beckons Space Agencies," 12 June 2019 Unlike communists, however, democratic socialists believe socialism should be achieved, well, democratically. Maggie Astor, New York Times, "What Is Democratic Socialism? Whose Version Are We Talking About?," 12 June 2019 The priority for policy makers is to figure out how that can be achieved—at scale. The Economist, "The benefits of pre-schooling may extend for generations," 11 June 2019 That doesn't diminish what he's achieved already, however. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Which Cardinals player will follow Carson Palmer into the Ring of Honor?," 5 June 2019 This is achieved by gaining control of natural resources and providing military support and intelligence. János Besenyő, Quartz Africa, "Russia is vying to offer African countries a credible alternative to the US and China," 4 June 2019 Our everyman’s glossary suggests risk is the chance your goals won’t be achieved during working years, or worse, running out of money during a 20- to 30-year retirement. Mark Daly, idahostatesman, "Learn these terms to become more confident in your savings and investing," 4 June 2019 Many fitness trackers and smartwatches are actually equipped with the same technology that would allow the Pokémon Go Plus + to achieve its goal of recording your sleep data: an accelerometer. Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "Why Pokémon Wants to Gamify Your Sleep," 30 May 2019

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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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More Definitions for achieve

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 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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