achiev·​er ə-ˈchē-vər How to pronounce achiever (audio)
plural achievers
: someone who achieves success especially through effort : a successful person
Donovan's the best of the lot; typical first child, steady, responsible, the big achiever in the bunch.Sue Grafton
a high achiever [=a hard-working, successful person]
a low achiever [=a person who does not work hard and is not successful]

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web While most cities are lucky to have just one UNESCO World Heritage Site, the northern Andalusian city of Córdoba is a true over-achiever, equipped with four separate sites in and around city limits. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 Adams’ father, Frank Adams, Sr, , was a charter member of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and achiever in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 13 Nov. 2021 From the very start, Alex Rodriguez has been an achiever. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 29 Aug. 2020 That context amplifies both the pressure to achieve and a one-dimensional reading of the achiever. Globe Staff,, 22 Dec. 2022 This monthly care package for the achiever in your life is sure to bring a smile with all the self-care goodies packed inside. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 26 July 2022 Two students — one the class pariah, the other a wealthy but troublesome over-achiever — find common ground when they’re forced to spend recess together at school. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2022 In part to bolster the credentials of his star pupil Thami (Jordan Brown), Mr. M arranges for the young man and Isabel (Libby Barnard), a high-achiever from a local White school, to team for an interschool literature competition. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Conwell, a high-achiever in the classroom with a 3.6 grade-point average with advanced placement and honors classes, averaged a team-leading 16.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season as a junior at Pike. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of achiever was in 1565

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“Achiever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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