\ 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

Other Words from achieve

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

Common Misspellings

acheive, achive

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.
Recent Examples on the Web An alternative solution to the Northern Ireland problem exists, which Mr. Johnson seems to want to achieve. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 19 May 2022 Broaden their goals and give them the confidence to achieve them. Xavier Preterit, Forbes, 16 May 2022 At the time, Egyptian society was splintering into political parties, many of which shared arguably similar mandates but had rigid and conflicting viewpoints on how to achieve them. Yasmine El Rashidi, The Atlantic, 14 May 2022 Last month, Bloomberg reported that Kremlin insiders had begun surreptitiously expressing concerns about the possibility of Putin ordering a nuclear strike against Ukraine to achieve his war goals. Grayson Quay, The Week, 10 May 2022 Safe to say, the remaining contestants on this year’s season of Idol probably want to achieve all of that for themselves. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 9 May 2022 Discuss meal planning to achieve health goals of weight loss, improving your diet and feeling better. Hartford Courant, 6 May 2022 Korean immigrants left their homeland trying to achieve it, and many lost their belief in it after the riots. Frank Shyongcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Each group is in the process of collecting goals for interim emissions reductions by 2030 and plans to achieve them. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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25 May 2022

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“Achieve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ 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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