\ 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 achievable (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 Now, Mactaggart says the law must be strengthened to achieve its original goals and prevent lawmakers from watering it down. Dustin Gardiner,, "California voters will decide whether to strengthen consumer privacy law," 25 June 2020 However much Venezuela deserves a responsive and democratic government, neither Bolton nor Trump seems interested in exploring the reasons U.S. policy did not achieve it. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, "John Bolton’s Accidentally Unflattering Self-Portrait," 25 June 2020 The fund is supposed to help Amazon achieve its goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2040, as the e-commerce leader set out in its Climate Pledge last year. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Two-thirds of Americans think the U.S. government is failing on climate change," 25 June 2020 Much depends on what governments are trying to achieve with their public health strategy. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Immunity passports' could help against pandemic – or harm society," 24 June 2020 Then run through the modern programs -- seven of them since the mid-80s -- that did achieve a mini dynasty. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "How can Ohio State football build a mini dynasty in the next five years? Buckeye Talk Podcast," 24 June 2020 The go-to space tends to be Twitter, meaning fans understand how to use algorithms to achieve their goals. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "K-pop fans are being credited with helping disrupt Trump's rally. Here's why that shouldn't be a surprise," 22 June 2020 And in some cases, the state implements targeted predator control to achieve management goals. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Alaska’s Bear Hunting Regulation Changes Aren’t as Sensational as They Sound," 22 June 2020 In 2019, James helped John Paul II achieve some school history: reaching the state title game. Dallas News, "Three local quarterbacks selected as Elite 11 finalists — and the state of Texas has some bragging rights," 19 June 2020

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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 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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