verb (achieved; achieving) Etymology: Middle English acheven, from Anglo-French achever to finish, from a- (from Latin ad-) + chef end, head — more at chief Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to carry out successfully ; accomplish <
achieve a gradual increase in production
2. to get or attain as the result of exertion ; reach <
achieved a high degree of skill
achieved greatness
intransitive verb to attain a desired end or aim ; become successful Synonyms: see performachievable adjectiveachiever noun

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  • Achieve — A*chieve , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Achieved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Achieving}.] [OE. acheven, OF. achever, achiever, F. achever, to finish; [ a] (L. ad) + OF. chief, F. chef, end, head, fr. L. caput head. See {Chief}.] 1. To carry on to a final close;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • achieve — [ə chēv′] vt. achieved, achieving [ME acheven < OFr achever, to finish < a , to + chief, head: see CHIEF] 1. to do; succeed in doing; accomplish 2. to get or reach by exertion; attain; gain [to achieve one s goals] vi. to bring about a… …   English World dictionary

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  • achieve — (v.) early 14c., from O.Fr. achever (12c.) to finish, accomplish, complete, from phrase à chef (venir) at an end, finished, or V.L. *accapare, from L.L. ad caput (venire); both the French and Late Latin phrases meaning lit. to come to a head,… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • achieve — [v] bring to successful conclusion; reach a goal accomplish, acquire, actualize, attain, bring about, bring off*, bring to pass, cap, carry out, carry through, close, complete, conclude, consummate, deliver, discharge, dispatch, do, earn, earn… …   New thesaurus

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