What does achieve mean?

Definitions for achieve

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word achieve.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. achieve, accomplish, attain, reachverb

    to gain with effort

    "she achieved her goal despite setbacks"


  1. achieveverb

    To succeed in something, now especially in academic performance.

  2. achieveverb

    To carry out successfully; to accomplish.

  3. achieveverb

    To conclude, finish, especially successfully.

  4. achieveverb

    To obtain, or gain (a desired result, objective etc.), as the result of exertion; to succeed in gaining; to win.

  5. achieveverb

    To conclude, to turn out.

  6. achieveverb

    To obtain (a material thing).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ACHIEVEverb

    Etymology: achever, Fr. to complete.

    Our toils, my friends, are crown’d with sure success:
    The greater part perform’d, achieve the less. John Dryden, Æneid.

    Experience is by industry achiev’d,
    And perfected by the swift course of time. William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona.

    Tranio, I burn, I pine, I perish, Tranio,
    If I achieve not this young modest girl. William Shakespeare, Taming the Shrew.

    Thou hast achiev’d our liberty, confin’d
    Within hell-gates till now. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ii. l. 368.

    Show all the spoils by valiant kings achiev’d,
    And groaning nations by their arms reliev’d. Matthew Prior.


  1. achieve

    Achieve refers to successfully reaching a desired outcome or result through effort, skill, determination or courage. This can often involve accomplishing a particular goal or task, overcoming obstacles, or attaining a certain level of proficiency or success in a specific field. It's the act of completion or fulfillment in a noteworthy manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Achieveverb

    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

  2. Achieveverb

    to obtain, or gain, as the result of exertion; to succeed in gaining; to win

  3. Achieveverb

    to finish; to kill

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Achieve

    a-chēv′, v.t. to bring to a head or end: to perform: to accomplish: to carry out successfully: to gain, win.—adj. Achiev′able, that may be achieved.—n. Achieve′ment, a performance: an exploit: an escutcheon or armorial shield granted in memory of some achievement, applied especially to the escutcheon over the tomb of a dead person, generally called a hatchment. [Fr. achever, from à chief (venir)—Low L. ad caput venire, to come to a head. See Chief.]

Editors Contribution

  1. achieve

    To succeed.

    We always achieve our goals in an efficient way as we are united.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 12, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'achieve' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1563

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'achieve' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1675

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'achieve' in Verbs Frequency: #135

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of achieve in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of achieve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of achieve in a Sentence

  1. George Smith Patton, Jr.:

    Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what you want them to achieve, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.

  2. Matthew Avery:

    The manufacturers initially scream blue murder and say our targets are impossible to achieve, but then one of them does it and everyone follows.

  3. Huang Peixian:

    I am proud of what Chinese-made vehicles like Wuling workhorse vans can achieve, when I saw the Hong Guang Mini EV, I thought this could be a good car for me.

  4. Kweku Adoboli:

    I'm trying to achieve something positive from the experience that I've been through but I face deportation from the UK in a way that would mean that I'm not able to continue doing this work of sharing the story, i unreservedly apologize for what happened ... I went to prison for it.

  5. Eliza Byard:

    What's at stake is nothing less than the future lives of these children and own health as a society, we still live in a world where the most marginalized are not receiving the support and affirmation that they need in order to achieve academically and thrive personally. And we all will benefit when that is true.

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Translations for achieve

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  • تحقيقArabic
  • дасягаць, дасягнуцьBelarusian
  • достигам, постигам, осъществявам, реализирамBulgarian
  • obtenir, aconseguir, acomplirCatalan, Valencian
  • dosáhnout, dosahovatCzech
  • opnåDanish
  • erreichen, erlangen, realisierenGerman
  • atingiEsperanto
  • conseguir, lograrSpanish
  • رسیدنPersian
  • toteuttaa, saada aikaan, saavuttaaFinnish
  • réaliser, accomplirFrench
  • को प्राप्तHindi
  • realizzare, ottenereItalian
  • לְהַשִׂיגHebrew
  • 実現, 達成Japanese
  • consequiLatin
  • bereiken, realiseren, winnen, verkrijgen, verwervenDutch
  • oppnåNorwegian
  • zrealizować, osiągać, osiągnąćPolish
  • conseguir, ganharPortuguese
  • достичь, добиться, осуществить, достигнуть, осуществлять, достигать, реализовать, добиваться, выполнить, выполнятьRussian
  • åstadkomma, uppnåSwedish
  • సాధించుTelugu
  • досягати, досягтиUkrainian
  • حاصلUrdu

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