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Etymology

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

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to achieve

Third person singular
achiev

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to achieve (third-person singular simple present achiev, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. (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
  4. (obsolete) To finish; to kill. - Shakespeare

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