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 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.Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning|Willard Huntington Wright
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
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.