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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-Related formso·ver·a·chieve·ment, nouno·ver·a·chiev·er, noun
, or by back formation from overachiever
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for over-achiever
Derived Formsoverachiever, noun
- (intr) to perform (for example, in examinations) better than would be expected on the basis of one's age or talents
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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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