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achieve

[uh-cheev] /əˈtʃiv/
verb (used with object), achieved, achieving.
1.
to bring to a successful end; carry through; accomplish:
The police crackdown on speeders achieved its purpose.
2.
to get or attain by effort; gain; obtain:
to achieve victory.
verb (used without object), achieved, achieving.
3.
to bring about an intended result; accomplish some purpose or effect.
Origin
1275-1325
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
Synonyms
1. consummate, complete; effect, execute; realize, reach. See do1 . 2. realize, win.
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achieve

/əˈtʃiːv/
verb (transitive)
1.
to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain
2.
to gain as by hard work or effort to achieve success
Derived Forms
achievable, adjective
achiever, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French achever to bring to an end, from the phrase a chef to a head, to a conclusion
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Word Origin and History for out-achieve

achieve

v.

early 14c., from Old French achever (12c.) "to finish, accomplish, complete," from phrase à chef (venir) "at an end, finished," or Vulgar Latin *accapare, from Late Latin ad caput (venire); both the French and Late Latin phrases meaning literally "to come to a head," from stem of Latin caput "head" (see capitulum).

The Lat. caput, towards the end of the Empire, and in Merov[ingian] times, took the sense of an end, whence the phrase ad caput venire, in the sense of to come to an end .... Venire ad caput naturally produced the Fr. phrase venir à chef = venir à bout. ... From this chief, O.Fr. form of chef (q.v.) in sense of term, end, comes the Fr. compd. achever = venir à chef, to end, finish. [Auguste Brachet, "An Etymological Dictionary of the French Language," transl. G.W. Kitchin, Oxford, 1878]
Related: Achieved; achieving.

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