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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from achieve

achievable \ ə-​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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for achieve

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Deutsche Bank has a notoriously bad track record in systems integration, putting a question mark over any cost savings a deal would achieve. Washington Post, "Why Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank Are Limping to Altar," 18 Sep. 2019 Next Sunday, all party leaders who have achieved representation in Parliament are expected to begin consultations with Israel's President over who should get first shot at building a coalition. Andrew Carey, CNN, "Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election plans in limbo as Israeli exit polls show tight contest," 17 Sep. 2019 The model suggests that the visual cortex achieves this feat through a series of neural feedback loops that refine small changes in data from the outside world into the diverse range of images that appear before our mind’s eye. Quanta Magazine, "Computers and Humans ‘See’ Differently. Does It Matter?," 17 Sep. 2019 By the time today’s high schoolers turn 30, scientists say the world must achieve a ‘‘rapid and far-reaching’’ transformation of society to avoid warming’s most dire consequences. BostonGlobe.com, "Meanwhile, the number of teenagers who say they’re being taught in school how to mitigate climate change appears to be on the decline. Fourteen percent say they have learned ‘‘a lot’’ about the subject, down from 25 percent in 2010, when the Yale Project on Climate Change asked a similar question.," 17 Sep. 2019 The makeover did indeed cheer the magazine designer, who achieved a full recovery from her cancer. Ellen James Martin | Andrews Mcmeel Syndication, courant.com, "Smart Moves: Redos and redon’ts if you’re planning to sell," 16 Sep. 2019 The story of the series and the season series, however, was the new low achieved by Padres starters in the 10 games played a mile high in 2019. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres glad to get out of Denver after sweep by Rockies," 15 Sep. 2019 Those ideas depend on an underlying point none of them came out and said directly: Government can help citizens live better lives and achieve their dreams. Jennifer Mercieca, The Conversation, "Why won’t Democrats say they want government to solve problems?," 13 Sep. 2019 In her 1951 The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt argued that a tyrannical regime, wielding bureaucracy and mass media, could achieve permanence by conscripting the citizenry’s consciousness. George Will, National Review, "Hong Kong’s Summer of Heroic Dissent," 12 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'achieve.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about achieve

Statistics for achieve

Last Updated

22 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for achieve

The first known use of achieve was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for achieve

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on achieve

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with achieve

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for achieve

Spanish Central: Translation of achieve

Nglish: Translation of achieve for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of achieve for Arabic Speakers

Comments on achieve

What made you want to look up achieve? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to spread over or through

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!