He who has made it is looked up to as an authority, and it remains with many the unachieved ambition of their lives.
They were sorry to go, because the purpose of the campaign was unachieved; still more sorry to part from their dead comrades.
At the best his work is unachieved, truncated, a torso of what might have been a noble statue.
And all this I suffered until the burden of unachieved desire grew intolerable.
There will always be enough of the unachieved at table to furnish balanced rations.
Mens sana in corpore sano—animaque integra is an ideal as sound as it is unachieved.
They rolled homeward, and Ermentrude suffered from a desperate sense of the unachieved.
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.