[ uh-cheev ]
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verb (used with object),a·chieved, a·chiev·ing.
  1. to bring to a successful end; carry through; accomplish: The police crackdown on speeders achieved its purpose.

  2. to get or attain by effort; gain; obtain: to achieve victory.

verb (used without object),a·chieved, a·chiev·ing.
  1. to bring about an intended result; accomplish some purpose or effect.

Origin of achieve

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English acheven, from 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.

Other words for achieve

Other words from achieve

  • a·chiev·a·ble, adjective
  • a·chiev·er, noun
  • out·a·chieve, verb (used with object), out·a·chieved, out·a·chiev·ing
  • pre·a·chieved, adjective
  • su·per·a·chiev·er, noun
  • un·a·chiev·a·ble, adjective
  • un·a·chieved, adjective
  • well-a·chieved, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use achieve in a sentence

  • It is a system of hostilities and objections that somehow achieves at times an elusive common soul.

    The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
  • Matter achieves (recognition) through its form; and a soul's destiny is realized by the virtue which is its form.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • It is in these portraits that the art of Raphael is at its greatest, becomes universal, achieves immortality.

  • Perhaps because, after all, no man ever quite achieves complete resemblance to a jellyfish.

  • A mournful image of a nation which achieves her own ruin, but which does not fall ingloriously.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2 | Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.

British Dictionary definitions for achieve


/ (əˈtʃiːv) /

  1. to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain

  2. to gain as by hard work or effort: to achieve success

Origin of achieve

C14: from Old French achever to bring to an end, from the phrase a chef to a head, to a conclusion

Derived forms of achieve

  • achievable, adjective
  • achiever, noun

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