WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
a•chieve /əˈtʃiv/USA pronunciation   v. , a•chieved, a•chiev•ing. 
  1. to bring to a successful end;
    to get by effort:[+ object]achieved her goal of becoming vice-president.
  2. to perform successfully:[no object]Some smart children still do not achieve in school.
a•chiev•a•ble, adj. 
a•chiev•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
a•chieve  (ə chēv),USA pronunciation v.,  a•chieved, a•chiev•ing. 
v.t. 
  1. to bring to a successful end;
    carry through;
    accomplish:The police crackdown on speeders achieved its purpose.
  2. to get or attain by effort;
    gain;
    obtain:to achieve victory.

v.i. 
  1. to bring about an intended result;
    accomplish some purpose or effect.
a•chieva•ble, adj. 
a•chiever, n. 
  • Old French achever to finish, from phrase a chef to (the) head (i.e., to conclusion). See chief
  • Middle English acheven 1275–1325
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged consummate, complete;
      effect, execute;
      realize, reach. See  do1. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged realize, win.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

achieve /əˈtʃiːv/ vb (transitive)
  1. to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain
  2. to gain as by hard work or effort: to achieve success
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French achever to bring to an end, from the phrase a chef to a head, to a conclusion

aˈchievable adj aˈchiever n



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