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

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Other Words from achieve

achievable \ -​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

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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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The hope is that more than 24,000 city, county and municipal governments can work together to achieve such a settlement. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Lawyers suing opioid companies create tool to calculate possible settlements for Cuyahoga County, other areas," 11 July 2019 Today, the suburb — home to a third of the county’s 300,000 residents — is renowned for its ethnic diversity, interracial marriages, interfaith centers and high-achieving schools. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "A black principal, four white teens and the ‘senior prank’ that became a hate crime," 9 July 2019 And, finally, achieving Brexit is what the Tory leadership election is all about. John O'sullivan, National Review, "Can Anyone Beat Boris?," 9 July 2019 The most celebrated high school program was at Cass Technical High School, which operated as a magnet school for high-achieving students across many disciplines, among them science, engineering, art, and music. Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, "'Jazz from Detroit': Exclusive excerpt from new book about city's remarkable jazz legacy," 30 June 2019 This high-achieving specialized high school, with a 99%-graduation rate last year, is more diverse than eight elite public high schools where admission is determined by a single exam. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "‘Fame’ High School Principal Leaving Post After Student Protests," 24 June 2019 Adrio's mom and sister noted his situation — that of a high-achieving student with a bright future dealing with internal struggles — is one that many other young people are in. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Family of ASU student who died by suicide hopes to inspire change with LaloBoy Foundation," 24 June 2019 Of course, achieving just the right balance between player choice and constraints is part of what makes a good game. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "It’s possible to build a Turing machine within Magic: The Gathering," 23 June 2019 At 15, Juliet is a confident and high-achieving, if rebellious, student. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "Two Novels That Make Mental Illness Legible," 22 June 2019

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

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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.

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