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 her plan, Catherine appealed to Count Alexei Orlov, the brother of her companion, Grigory Orlov. National Geographic, "This 'pretender princess' tried to steal Catherine the Great's throne," 6 Aug. 2019 Ghulam Mohammad Safi, a prominent Kashmiri leader in Pakistan, urged the United Nations and the international community to help Kashmir achieve self-determination. Anchorage Daily News, "Unrest feared after India revokes Kashmir’s special status," 5 Aug. 2019 Grande has climbed to a level of chart dominance that only a handful of singers not named Taylor Swift have achieved in recent years. Kevin Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Lollapalooza 2019: Things we loved from day 4, but Ariana Grande was a pop star on autopilot," 4 Aug. 2019 The president's aides convinced him to backtrack on his directive to immediately begin troop withdrawal, promising an eventual Afghan peace deal that would achieve a drawdown. NBC News, "Trump wants to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by 2020 election, officials say," 2 Aug. 2019 To achieve bee balance, Guillermo Fernandez, executive director of The Honeybee Conservancy, recommends creating a bee garden. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "How to Get Bees to Buzz Off—Without Harming Them," 2 Aug. 2019 Masopust, for example, keeps his lab mice in cages with mice from pet shops to achieve a more humanlike immune response. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Could lab mice born to wild parents improve the search for human cures?," 1 Aug. 2019 Grace Madden is on the St. Mary’s Academy student council and is working to achieve her Girl Scouts Gold Award. Joanne Davidson, The Denver Post, "Central City Flower Girls have represented Colorado’s rich history for 87 years," 1 Aug. 2019 On South Side, which debuted last Wednesday on Comedy Central, the pair use the setting of a Rent-A-Center-like workplace on the South Side of Chicago to tell stories of locals trying to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Comedy Central's South Side creators explain how their show is like a 'black Game of Thrones'," 31 July 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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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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