[uh-cheev] /əˈtʃiv/
verb (used with object), achieved, achieving.
to bring to a successful end; carry through; accomplish:
"The police crackdown on speeders achieved its purpose."
to get or attain by effort; gain; obtain:
"to achieve victory."
verb (used without object), achieved, achieving.
to bring about an intended result; accomplish some purpose or effect.
1275–1325; Middle English acheven < Old French achever to finish, from phrase a chef to (the) head (i.e., to conclusion). See chief
Related forms
achievable, adjective
achiever, noun
outachieve, verb (used with object), outachieved, outachieving
preachieved, adjective
superachiever, noun
unachievable, adjective
unachieved, adjective
well-achieved, adjective
1. consummate, complete; effect, execute; realize, reach. See do1 . 2. realize, win.
Example Sentences for achieve
But his administration has done little to achieve that goal, which is inadequate to begin with.
They find delight in accomplishment as they achieve their goal of a toy out of reach.
Many people struggle mightily to achieve and are of course disappointed by less successful outcomes.
In a strange way, my failures in the academic world had helped me achieve that goal on a bigger stage.
But if it is to achieve the goal of development over the next decade, more reform will be needed.
Yet the chancellor's powers to achieve this goal are limited.
The ultimate goal is to get the bird into orbit, but they have a number of flight milestones to achieve.
She put a clothespin on her nose and worked to bring her voice down a register, to achieve clarity and depth.
E-content sales, meanwhile, are expected to achieve an annual rate of $400 million by the end of the fiscal year in April.
It is what you 'want' to acchieve that is making your brain adapt in order to be able to achieve it.
British Dictionary definitions for achieve
achieve (əˈtʃiːv)
1.  to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain
2.  to gain as by hard work or effort: to achieve success
[C14: from Old French achever to bring to an end, from the phrase a chef to a head, to a conclusion]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for achieve
early 14c., from O.Fr. achever "to finish," from phrase à chef (venir) "at an end, finished," or V.L. *accapare, from L.L. ad caput (venire); both the O.Fr. and L.L. phrases meaning lit. "to come to a head," from stem of L. caput "head" (see head).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Difficulty index for achieve

Many English speakers likely know this word

Tile value for achieve

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with achieve