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[uh-cheev]
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verb (used with object), a·chieved, a·chiev·ing.
  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), a·chieved, a·chiev·ing.
  1. to bring about an intended result; accomplish some purpose or effect.

Origin of achieve

1275–1325; Middle English acheven < Old French achever to finish, from phrase a chef to (the) head (i.e., to conclusion). See chief
Related formsa·chiev·a·ble, adjectivea·chiev·er, nounout·a·chieve, verb (used with object), out·a·chieved, out·a·chiev·ingpre·a·chieved, adjectivesu·per·a·chiev·er, nounun·a·chiev·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·chieved, adjectivewell-a·chieved, adjective

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1. consummate, complete; effect, execute; realize, reach. 2. realize, win.

Synonym study

1. See do1.
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Examples from the Web for achievable

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  • Everything is possible; but without labour and failure nothing is achievable.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • There was not much of the night left in which to sleep, even had a semblance of sleep been achievable.

  • But with such stability the expansion and balanced growth of international trade is not achievable.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • It was inconceivable that it could be the practical and achievable cunning of military bullies and strategists.

    Out To Win

    Coningsby Dawson

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for achievable

achieve

verb (tr)
  1. to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain
  2. to gain as by hard work or effortto achieve success
Derived Formsachievable, adjectiveachiever, 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 achievable

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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