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Syllabification: a·chieve
Pronunciation: /əˈCHēv

Definition of achieve in English:


[with object]
1Reach or attain (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
1.1Accomplish or bring about: the entire sequence is achieved in a single shot
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  • It is likely that the coverage achieved in other surveillance systems is similar or lower.
  • The autonomic nervous system achieves fine regulation of body functions much the way you drive a car.
  • The system achieves this by varying the timing and size of the pilot and main fuel injections according to conditions.


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



Example sentences
  • We are constantly reviewing our work at Leeds - targets and timescales must be realistic and achievable.
  • They help young people reach achievable goals and take advantage of opportunities for development.
  • Now all of this is possible and achievable in the space of a few hours.


Example sentences
  • She is a senior Treasury minister in her mid-thirties, with a reputation as a brilliant economist and an all-round high achiever.
  • The patient was a high academic achiever who also excelled in several sports.
  • Ron had been actively involved in numerous community organizations over the years and was the consummate quiet achiever in many spheres of life.

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