- 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 achieve
So however detailed the statistics of the battlefield are, they cannot achieve the goal.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
So, how do we achieve such equality in the U.S. and other parts of the world?How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Following this line of reasoning to its logical conclusion, the way to achieve world peace is to give everyone atomic bombs.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
It seems like you had to make the Before trilogy first in order to achieve something like Boyhood.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
Direct funds away from practices, policies, and programs that consistently fail to achieve measurable outcomes.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle
December 23, 2014
They achieve repartee the brilliance of which dazzles him to contemptible silence.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
We shall not achieve it immediately—but we still shall strive.
As already seen, we ask for difficulties to conquer, successes to achieve.The Conquest of Fear
Alexander Setonius, a Scot, was first of the moderns to achieve it.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
"And when you achieve the fine loaf, you may revel in home-made rolls," I answered.Culture and Cooking
- to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain
- to gain as by hard work or effortto achieve success
Word Origin and History for achieve
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.