Achieve Definition

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achieved, achieves, achieving
To gain with effort or despite difficulty; reach.
Achieve fame as a singer; achieve a record speed.
American Heritage
To do; succeed in doing; accomplish.
Webster's New World
To bring about a desired result; succeed.
Webster's New World
To succeed in accomplishing; bring about.
Achieve a task; achieve an improvement in foreign relations.
American Heritage
To get or reach by exertion; attain; gain.
To achieve one's goals.
Webster's New World

Origin of Achieve

  • From Anglo-Norman aschever, Middle French achever, achiever et al., apparently from Late Latin *accappāre, present active infinitive of *accappō, from ad (“to”) + caput (“head”) + (verbal suffix), or alternatively a construction based on Old French chief (“head”). Compare Catalan, Occitan, Portuguese and Spanish acabar, French achever.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English acheven from Old French achever from a chief (venir) (to come) to a head chief

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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