Definition of achieve in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈCHēv/


[with object]
Successfully bring about or reach (a desired objective, level, or result) by effort, skill, or courage: he achieved his ambition to become a journalist [no object]: people striving to achieve
More example sentences
  • O'Neill has told his players that pretty football must be secondary to achieving the right result.
  • The left wing of the attack achieved its objectives but the right wing failed completely.
  • We are achieving significant results in reducing crime and the fear of crime.
attain, reach, arrive at;
realize, bring off/about, pull off, accomplish, carry off/out/through, fulfill, execute, perform, engineer, conclude, complete, finish, consummate;
earn, win, gain, acquire, obtain, score, come by, get, secure, clinch, net
informal wrap up, wangle, swing
formal effectuate


Middle English (in the sense 'complete successfully'): from Old French achever 'come or bring to a head', from a chief 'to a head'.

  • The early sense was ‘complete successfully’, from Old French achever ‘come or bring to a head’, from the phrase a chief ‘to a head’.

Words that rhyme with achieve

believe, breve, cleave, conceive, deceive, eve, greave, grieve, heave, interleave, interweave, khedive, leave, misconceive, naive, Neve, peeve, perceive, reave, receive, reive, relieve, reprieve, retrieve, sheave, sleeve, steeve, Steve, Tananarive, Tel Aviv, thieve, underachieve, upheave, weave, we've, Yves

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Syllabification: a·chieve

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