achieve

verb
\ə-ˈchēv \
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 \ 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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Optional: Flip fries to achieve crispness on both sides. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "I'm a Registered Dietitian and Here's What I Learned Going Vegan for a Week," 25 Nov. 2018 Canada’s central bank sets rate policy to achieve and maintain 2% inflation. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada Inflation Accelerated in October, But Interest-Rate Path Looks Unchanged," 23 Nov. 2018 Greece has to achieve high surpluses for decades to be able to pay off its debts. Raf Casert, The Seattle Times, "Greece: Creditors approve U-turn on pension cuts," 21 Nov. 2018 In a statement, Stephen Wogen, CareCentrix’s chief growth officer, said insurers may agree to pay higher prices for some services, while negotiating lower prices for others, to achieve better overall value. Marshall Allen, Ars Technica, "You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true," 21 Nov. 2018 The easy-to-achieve routine mirrors a method used by Pricilla in October. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Shared a Tutorial for Creating Two Different Holiday Beauty Looks," 20 Nov. 2018 Montague is working hard to expand the government's access to personal data in the name of safety, and is often accused of fomenting fear to achieve her ends. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Hit U.K. Show Bodyguard Is Now on Netflix," 26 Oct. 2018 Over the last couple of months, participants interviewed the women who inspire them and put together videos highlighting their advice on how to achieve success and overcome any roadblocks to reaching your goals. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, ""Mary Poppins" Star Emily Blunt Gets Real About Overcoming Obstacles In Inspiring Video Series," 16 Oct. 2018 Not everyone is comfortable with it, and not every client has the means to achieve this level of grandeur. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "A Maximalist Dream Home Comes to Life In Seville," 5 Sep. 2018

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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 \
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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