\ 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 achieve (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 In recent years, businesses and NPOs of all sizes have become increasingly aware of their impact on the planet and the pressing need to decarbonize and reduce carbon emissions wherever possible to achieve goals such as net-zero emissions. Dee Lawrence, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Real-world data also offer insights into how diverse populations experience disease and achieve specific outcomes. C.k. Wang, STAT, 1 Oct. 2021 First, establish a household budget and set a specific financial goal to achieve, such as paying off a mortgage, becoming student loan debt-free, or saving to start a new business. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Oct. 2021 For Epps, the only place to achieve that milestone was the historic theater in the 600 block of Indiana Avenue. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Oct. 2021 Class participants must complete 30 Payback (volunteer) Hours to achieve Master Recycler certification. Post-tribune Staff,, 1 Oct. 2021 Hochul soon moved on to staff jobs on Capitol Hill, putting her on a path to achieve her teenage ambitions. Charlotte Alter, Time, 30 Sep. 2021 To achieve this, the minority communities from which these artists emerge must support, or at least not repudiate, those artists who wish to enlist themselves in crossover creation. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Sign up for the Sleep, But Better newsletter series for helpful hints to achieve better sleep. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, 30 Sep. 2021

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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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“Achieve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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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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