\ 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 Along with building upgrades, the aid will help achieve a goal to provide summer programs and after-school care in every neighborhood, officials said. Collin Binkley, Anchorage Daily News, "With new aid, schools seek solutions to problems new and old," 5 Apr. 2021 Experts say that figure must reach at least 70% to achieve herd immunity, the point at which the virus begins to die out because too few people are vulnerable to infection. Los Angeles Times, "Children are the next frontier in the U.S. vaccination campaign against coronavirus," 2 Apr. 2021 But while there will be people who want the vaccine and people who don't, states will also have to do more than just open up eligibility to achieve herd immunity. Cheyenne Haslett, ABC News, "As states open up eligibility, the 1st big test of America's vaccine hesitancy," 1 Apr. 2021 Epidemiologists even have a formula to calculate how many people must be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity against any particular virus., "Experts say ‘herd immunity’ could conquer COVID-19. But is it even possible?," 1 Apr. 2021 The watch provides health and fitness metrics in real-time for 11 modes, and the heart rate sensor monitors the heart rate during exercise to help achieve the best results. Jeff Harper,, "Best cheap smartwatches," 29 Mar. 2021 One strategy to help achieve that goal, parents say, is to replicate school models that have proven successful for students of color. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Parents want more action from Indianapolis Public Schools on racial equity goals," 16 Mar. 2021 The company has added some A-list names to its ranks recently to help achieve those goals. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "The most valuable startup in America is worth more than SpaceX," 15 Mar. 2021 But Kerry seems to be signaling for the EU to give the administration some time to impose policies that can help achieve that target, so the U.S. would be in good standing and not subject to the tax. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by Bipartisan Policy Center: Biden's climate agenda could pose early test in EPA and White House dynamic," 12 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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The first known use of achieve was in the 14th century

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“Achieve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 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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