\ 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 In his retirement statement on Tuesday, Harwell thanked fans for helping Smash Mouth achieve success and wished the band — which will continue on without him — well. Jolie Lash,, 12 Oct. 2021 Beyond financing and building a unit, pay attention to code enforcement and tax implications Across the United States, people are looking for affordable places to stay, and finding that task more and more difficult to achieve. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2021 His long-term goal is to achieve a Michelin star for Matsu, which is the name of a Japanese pine tree. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 Family programs: Starting next week join in topics of discussion to help parents achieve and maintain a healthy and happy family life will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at the Medina Recreation Center or online through Zoom. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 8 Oct. 2021 But consistency is hard to achieve in a dynamic environment where receiving health care treatment is more complex than shopping for a consumer good. Bobbi Coluni, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2021 McDaniels, who dialed up 51 passes for Jones the week before against the Saints, is looking for a more balanced attack, something that has been tough to achieve over the last two weeks because the Patriots have fallen behind and had to play catchup., 6 Oct. 2021 These two trends have produced a political environment in which the only plausible path for presidents to pass their major priorities is to achieve near- (or even complete) unity in their party. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, 5 Oct. 2021 For the modern buyer and the modern customer, accountable relationship building is essential but difficult to achieve. Joseph Knecht, Forbes, 1 Oct. 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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16 Oct 2021

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“Achieve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 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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