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achieve

[ uh-cheev ]
/ əˈtʃiv /
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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.

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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.

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British Dictionary definitions for achieve

achieve
/ (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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