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.

Nearby words

  1. acheson,
  2. acheson, dean gooderham,
  3. acheulean,
  4. acheulian,
  5. achievable,
  6. achieved status,
  7. achievement,
  8. achievement age,
  9. achievement quotient,
  10. achievement test

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

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See do1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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


verb (tr)

to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain
to gain as by hard work or effortto achieve success
Derived Formsachievable, 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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Word Origin and History for achiever


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