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 \ ə-​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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When his young son is given a harrowing diagnosis, Dane is pulled between achieving his dream and spending time with the family that needs him. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Despite his brush with broader appeal, Johnston never achieved commercial success. Kriston Capps, The Atlantic, "Daniel Johnston, the Folk Poet of Devil Town," 13 Sep. 2019 That film introduced the musician to a broader audience than ever before, shining a spotlight on both his sheer brilliance as an artist and the mental illness that kept him from achieving his dreams as a young man. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "'The Devil & Daniel Johnston' Director Remembers Beloved Artist as 'My Generation's Bob Dylan'," 11 Sep. 2019 But organizations can achieve the same goal with sequential interviews. Katherine Breward, Quartz, "Employers should conduct job interviews to accommodate candidates with autism," 10 Sep. 2019 The markers achieved an accuracy of 81 percent in distinguishing the two groups. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "A Blood Test Might One Day Mass Screen Military Personnel for PTSD," 10 Sep. 2019 The new policies appear to be achieving something that have been elusive in the nation’s long-running gun debate: some form of middle ground. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "Retailers Walk Thin Line by Asking, Not Telling, Shoppers Not to Carry Guns," 9 Sep. 2019 Today, @USTreasury released a housing finance reform plan which will protect American taxpayers and help more people achieve the American Dream of buying a home. CBS News, "Privatizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to shake up $10 trillion home loan market," 6 Sep. 2019 Denise Dyer believes the school’s academic and athletic programs will help her 13-year-old granddaughter, Makayla Jenkins, achieve her dreams of becoming a professional dance choreographer or basketball player. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Englewood is losing 4 high schools, but a new STEM campus is seen as ‘huge opportunity’ for the struggling neighborhood," 2 Sep. 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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The first known use of achieve was in the 14th century

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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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