[ oh-ver-uh-cheev ]
/ ˌoʊ vər əˈtʃiv /

verb (used without object), o·ver·a·chieved, o·ver·a·chiev·ing.

to perform, especially academically, above the potential indicated by tests of one's mental ability or aptitude.
to perform better or achieve more than expected, especially by others.

Origin of overachieve

1950–55; over- + achieve, or by back formation from overachiever
Related formso·ver·a·chieve·ment, nouno·ver·a·chiev·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for over-achiever


/ (ˌəʊvərəˈtʃiːv) /


(intr) to perform (for example, in examinations) better than would be expected on the basis of one's age or talents
Derived Formsoverachiever, noun
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Word Origin and History for over-achiever



also overachiever, 1953, from over- + agent noun of achieve. Related: Over-achieve; over-achieving.

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