[ 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
a·chiev·a·ble, adjectivea·chiev·er, nounout·a·chieve, verb (used with object), out·a·chieved, out·a·chiev·ingpre·a·chieved, adjective
su·per·a·chiev·er, nounun·a·chiev·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·chieved, adjectivewell-a·chieved, adjective
1. See do1.
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British Dictionary definitions for achievers
/ (əˈtʃiːv) /
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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