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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And thank you for once again reminding us what can be achieved by the human spirit, regardless of what barriers your bodies and the world has put in your way. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Prince Harry's Powerful Speech at the Endeavour Awards," 11 Feb. 2019 Beating brain fog is more easily achieved with a Starbucks run. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Keto Diet Pills and Supplements May Hurt Your Health and Waste Your Money," 16 Jan. 2019 Incentive payments required following a detailed set of environmentally friendly landscaping practices to ensure projects achieved a heightened level of sustainability. Pomerado News, "Water agencies increase incentives to replace turf," 13 July 2018 And over the last 11 months, Baez has achieved a balance of making routine plays with more consistency while continuing to display his dazzling talent to complete virtually impossible plays. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs' Javier Baez blossoms into a star on Kris Bryant's level," 12 July 2018 Scholars and think tanks from across the political spectrum have reached a consensus over the past five years that corporate tax breaks don’t achieve their objectives, Reinvent Albany’s Mr. Kaehny said. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Amazon’s Pivot Raises Scrutiny of Incentive Deals," 15 Feb. 2019 Directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein were after magical realism and achieved that, says Gustavsson, by aiming for an interpretation, rather than a re-creation, of the ’40s. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Frida Gustavsson on Her New Act—The Lead Role in the Swedish Film Swoon," 14 Feb. 2019 Need further proof that de Kok and Holder's workout routine will challenge you at the gym and actually achieve results? Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Work Out Like a Victoria's Secret Model at the Gym," 11 Feb. 2019 With all of that experience under her belt, she's learned a thing or two about achieving and following your dreams. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Adriana Lima Says Skateboarding Is Her New Favorite Workout," 10 Jan. 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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