\ 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 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

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 China's export sector boomed while other countries suffered from the ravages of the pandemic, helping China to become the only major economy to achieve growth in 2020. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Behind China eye-popping 18.3% Q1 GDP growth, parts of its recovery are losing steam," 16 Apr. 2021 Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged at the U.N. General Assembly in September that China would achieve peak carbon in 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060. Time, "What's at Stake in U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry's Trip to China," 15 Apr. 2021 Signatories such as Best Buy, IBM, Infosys, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Siemens, and Verizon have committed to achieve net-zero carbon in their worldwide businesses by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Read Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s Letter to Shareholders," 15 Apr. 2021 Biden is the fourth President to try to achieve it in the Middle East and South Asia in the twenty-first century. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Why It’s So Hard for America to End Its Wars," 9 Apr. 2021 Indeed, financial planning is entirely about creating goals and setting a plan to help achieve them. Ric Edelman, Forbes, "Will The She-Cession Lead To A She-Covery?," 8 Apr. 2021 In today’s uncertain climate, many designers are thinking about functionality when creating garments and using technical materials to achieve it. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Shower Power: Revisiting Junya Watanabe’s Rain-Soaked Spring 2000 Collection," 1 Apr. 2021 Emmanuel, who has seen what rebellion can achieve in Haiti, believes that Black Americans must not rely on the benevolence of white Americans. Arielle Gray, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Libertie’ imagines the whole of a Black girl’s self-determination," 1 Apr. 2021 The commission would seek to achieve a minimum 70% reduction in disparity in a slew of sectors, from kindergarten readiness to health insurance coverage rates and lead poisoning rates. Eliza Fawcett,, "More kids with asthma, infant mortality, dangerous encounters with police: The impact of racism on health is recounted for Connecticut lawmakers," 27 Mar. 2021

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“Achieve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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