verb (used with object), a·chieved, a·chiev·ing.
verb (used without object), a·chieved, a·chiev·ing.
- acheson, dean gooderham,
- achieved status,
- achievement age,
- achievement quotient,
- achievement test
Origin of achieve
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|DAILY BEAST
So, how do we achieve such equality in the U.S. and other parts of the world?
Following this line of reasoning to its logical conclusion, the way to achieve world peace is to give everyone atomic bombs.
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|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Direct funds away from practices, policies, and programs that consistently fail to achieve measurable outcomes.
Some men are born leisurely, some achieve leisure, and some are discharged by their employers.The Idiot at Home|John Kendrick Bangs
They seemed to have a message for him if he could just grasp it, a course whereby he might achieve success.The Sky Line of Spruce|Edison Marshall
Well, youll need some very skilful diplomacy to achieve all that, smiled Mrs. Fitzherbert.The Bishop's Apron|W. Somerset Maugham
But the little town was not to achieve great things without a struggle.
As a result, the Haitians were able to achieve their freedom without firing a shot.Shock and Awe|Harlan K. Ullman
Word Origin 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.