- 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.
- to bring about an intended result; accomplish some purpose or effect.
Origin of achieve
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Examples from the Web for achievable
Delisting the Yellowstone grizzly will render this achievable goal of connectivity impossible.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Here, now, are some achievable resolutions that will help you be sort of, basically, more-or-less decent in the year to come.15 Achievable New Year’s Resolutions
Kelly Williams Brown
December 31, 2013
“Afghan good enough” is the military phrase for limiting our objectives to what is achievable and not overreaching.‘Afghan Good Enough’ May Be the Best We Can Hope for in Afghanistan
September 16, 2013
In Yes You Can: The Achievable Diet, Diana Le Dean searches for the silent killers and suggests alternatives.
This article has been adapted from Yes You Can: The Achievable Diet by Diana Le Dean.
Everything is possible; but without labour and failure nothing is achievable.David Elginbrod
There was not much of the night left in which to sleep, even had a semblance of sleep been achievable.The Glimpses of the Moon
But with such stability the expansion and balanced growth of international trade is not achievable.After the Rain
It was inconceivable that it could be the practical and achievable cunning of military bullies and strategists.Out To Win
Some of these aims may not be achievable given the political and technology constraints, but need to be explored.Shock and Awe
Harlan K. Ullman
- to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain
- to gain as by hard work or effortto achieve success
Word Origin and History for achievable
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.