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Meaning of achieve by Wiktionary Dictionary

achieve


    Etymology

    From Anglo-Norman aschever, Middle French achever, achiever et al., apparently from Late Latin *accappō, from ad ( “to” ) + caput ( “head” ) + -ō ( verbal suffix ). Compare Catalan, Occitan, Portuguese and Spanish acabar, French achever .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /əˈtʃiːv/, X-SAMPA: /@"tSi:v/
    • Rhymes: -iːv

    Verb

    achieve ( third-person singular simple present achieves present participle achieving, simple past and past participle achieved )

    1. ( intransitive ) To succeed in something, now especially in academic performance. [from 14th c.]
    2. ( transitive ) To carry out successfully; to accomplish. [from 14th c.]
      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
    3. ( obsolete, transitive ) To conclude, finish, especially successfully. [14th-18th c.]
    4. ( transitive ) To obtain, or gain ( a desired result, objective etc. ), as the result of exertion; to succeed in gaining; to win. [from 14th c.]
      Some are born great, some achieve greatness - Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, II-v
      Thou hast achieved our liberty. - John Milton
    5. ( obsolete, intransitive ) To conclude, to turn out. [14th-16th c.]
    6. ( transitive, now literary ) To obtain ( a material thing ). [from 15th c.]
      Show all the spoils by valiant kings achieved. - Prior
      He hath achieved a maid / That paragons description. - Shakespeare, Othello, II-i

    Synonyms

    • accomplish, effect, fulfil, fulfill, complete, execute, perform, realize, obtain. See accomplish

    Derived terms

    • achievement
    • achiever

    External links

    • achieve at OneLook Dictionary Search
    • achieve in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913


Explanation of achieve by Wordnet Dictionary

achieve


    Verb
    1. to gain with effort

    2. she achieved her goal despite setbacks


    Definition of achieve by GCIDE Dictionary

    achieve


    1. Achieve v. t. [imp. & p. p. Achieved ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Achieving] [OE. acheven, OF. achever, achiever, F. achever, to finish; à ( L. ad ) + OF. chief, F. chef, end, head, fr. L. caput head. See Chief.]
      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. Shak.

      Thou hast achieved our liberty. Milton.

      [[Obs]., with a material thing as the aim.]

      Show all the spoils by valiant kings achieved. Prior.

      He hath achieved a maid

      That paragons description. Shak.

      3. To finish; to kill. [Obs.] Shak.

      Syn. -- To accomplish; effect; fulfill; complete; execute; perform; realize; obtain. See Accomplish.