- 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 achieving
I was drawn to The Class for different reasons—chiefly, the pipe dream of achieving a tighter and tauter backside.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
We want committed romantic relationships just as we always have, but something is getting in the way of us achieving them.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
Now, the goalkeeper is out with a memoir about his life until that point: The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them.Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity
December 22, 2014
Studies have shown that getting eight hours of sleep is paramount to achieving high performance.Nothing Says I Love You Like Data
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
They made him feel that he was achieving a measure of personal justice.My Grandfather's War: Recovering the Art the Nazis Stole
October 5, 2014
This was a lesser problem, and one he came near to achieving.The Night Riders
"Fate has prevented me from achieving my greatest desire," he said harshly.The Space Rover
Edwin K. Sloat
After this, hypnosis can be instrumental in achieving the final goal.
The time required for achieving hypnosis will vary from subject to subject.
My answer is you may be achieving self-hypnosis and not know it!
- to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain
- to gain as by hard work or effortto achieve success
Word Origin and History for achieving
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.