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]

Examples of achiever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the 45th annual event, awards will be presented to the youth and adult achievers of the year, and recognize high school seniors who’ve completed the program, according to a news release from the YMCA. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 5 Feb. 2024 Growing up in Philadelphia, Sissoko was outspoken, a high achiever, captain of the high school debate team. Emma Goldberg, New York Times, 28 May 2024 There were no smiling selfies with her besties, no class parties, and no fancy awards ceremony to fete the high achievers like her. Tovia Smith, NPR, 10 May 2024 Sade Robinson was an achiever from a young age Sade moved with her family to Milwaukee at the age of 2. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2024 For Helen, that is the Enneagram [Type] Three, which is the achiever. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 May 2024 In the world of professional success, the spotlight often falls on the achievers with an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time. Kathy Miller Perkins, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 When companies ignore their top performers, these high achievers can spiral into burnout and negatively impact productivity. Emma Burleigh, Fortune, 19 Mar. 2024 The other women on the panel were amazing achievers in their careers and lives. Linda Fitz-Alan, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024

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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 20 Jun. 2024.

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