Visit the forum if you have a language query!
Middle English acheven, from Old French achever (“‘achiever’”) (French achever (“‘to finish’”)). From Old French à, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] ad; + chief (French chef (“‘end, head’”)), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] caput (“‘head’”). See chief
Third person singular
- 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
- 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
- (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
- (obsolete) To finish; to kill. - Shakespeare
- To accomplish; effect; fulfil / fulfill; complete; execute; perform; realize; obtain. See accomplish
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.
Elsewhere on the web