AskDefine | Define achieve

Dictionary Definition

achieve v : to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite setbacks" [syn: accomplish, attain, reach]

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etyl enm acheven, from etyl fro achever (French achever). From etyl fro à, from etyl la |ad; + chief (French chef), from etyl la caput. See chief


  • /əˈtʃi:v/, /@"tSi:v/


  1. To carry on to a final close; to bring out into a perfected state; to accomplish; to perform; -- as, to achieve a feat, an exploit, an enterprise.
    • Supposing faculties and powers to be the same, far more may be achieved in any line by the aid of a capital, invigorating motive than without it. - I. Taylor
  2. To obtain, or gain, as the result of exertion; to succeed in gaining; to win.
    • Some are born great, some achieve greatness - Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, II-v
    • Thou hast achieved our liberty. - Milton
  3. To obtain with a material thing as the aim
    • Show all the spoils by valiant kings achieved. - Prior
    • He hath achieved a maid / That paragons description. - Shakespeare, Othello, II-i
  4. To finish; to kill. - Shakespeare


Derived terms


to carry on to a final close
  • Finnish: saada aikaan, toteuttaa
  • German: erreichen
  • Polish: osiągnąć, zrealizować
to obtain, or gain as the result of exertion

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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