Definition of achieve in English:



  • Successfully bring about or reach (a desired objective or result) by effort, skill, or courage.

    ‘he achieved his ambition to become a press photographer’
    ‘the killings achieved nothing’
    no object ‘people striving to achieve’
    • ‘Progress in achieving the objectives varied in line with fluctuations in the world economic cycle.’
    • ‘We are achieving significant results in reducing crime and the fear of crime.’
    • ‘The left wing of the attack achieved its objectives but the right wing failed completely.’
    • ‘The episode achieves its emotional effect without sentimentality and with intellectual integrity.’
    • ‘It's simple, it's to the point, there's a lightness of feel to it, and it achieves results.’
    • ‘Why have the most expensive professionals in the game achieved such paltry results?’
    • ‘Sometimes the very act of trying to censor what reaches the public domain can backfire and achieves the reverse result to the one intended.’
    • ‘Such power can be put to use for achieving mundane objectives or spiritual advancement.’
    • ‘Either way achieves the objective of inserting a non-stick barrier between the laminate and the release paper.’
    • ‘It seems only ill health or a sudden lack of desire can stop him achieving his goal.’
    • ‘As a result, achieving any change in society is always an uphill and often thankless task.’
    • ‘I intend to do everything within my power to make sure that we achieve these objectives.’
    • ‘He cannot be expected to achieve results by dint of enthusiasm and fresh ideas alone.’
    • ‘O'Neill has told his players that pretty football must be secondary to achieving the right result.’
    • ‘It's also important to have a strategy from the outset if you are to achieve your objective.’
    • ‘One of the ways the law aims to achieve these consequences is by banning certain actions.’
    • ‘He is a progressive and modern farmer who achieves excellent results.’
    • ‘The report also said that the pupils had made good progress to achieve the test results.’
    • ‘In the Unland sculptures it is the unexpected combination of wood, thread and hair that achieves this effect.’
    • ‘In most cases, as long as the worker achieves set targets, they will be left to their own devices.’
    attain, reach, arrive at
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Middle English (in the sense ‘complete successfully’): from Old French achever ‘come or bring to a head’, from a chief ‘to a head’.