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achieve 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.


Pronunciation: /əˈCHēvər/
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.


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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