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definition of the word achieve

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Middle English acheven, from Old French achever (achiever) (French achever (to finish)). From Old French à, from Latin ad; + chief (French chef (end, head)), from Latin caput (head). See chief

to achieve

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

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

  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. (obsolete) 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. (obsolete) To finish; to kill. - Shakespeare

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