[ uh-cheev ]
/ əˈtʃiv /

verb (used with object), a·chieved, a·chiev·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), a·chieved, a·chiev·ing.

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


synonym study for achieve

1. See do1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for achiever

  • Early in life, Robert Ingersoll, talented orator and “self-made American achiever,” had ambitions to hold public office.

  • In some of the other versions the sword is already broken, and can only be made whole by the achiever of the Quest.

    Parzival (vol. 1 of 2)|Wolfram von Eschenback
  • But Cézanne, judged either as a theorist or as an achiever, is the preeminent figure in modern art.

  • The dreamer laid a hand on each of the achiever's strong shoulders and gazed long and searchingly into the confident face.

    Destiny|Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for achiever

/ (əˈtʃiːv) /

verb (tr)

to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain
to gain as by hard work or effortto achieve success

Derived forms of achieve

achievable, adjectiveachiever, noun

Word Origin for achieve

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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