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Definition of the verb achieve

What does achieve mean as a doing word?

Achieve is one of the top 1000 most common verbs. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common verbs in informational written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: achieved | achieving | achieves

  1. to gain with effort

Alternative definition of the verb achieve


  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.
  2. To obtain, or gain, as the result of exertion; to succeed in gaining; to win.
  3. [obsolete] To obtain with a material thing as the aim
  4. [obsolete] To finish; to kill. - Shakespeare


Achieve is a school, educational institution.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Achieve

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Google previewInternational Cases in the Business of Sport (2010)

by Simon Chadwick, David Arthur

What this book therefore sets out to achieve is an examination of the major issues facing a representative ...

Google previewEffectively Managing Human Service Organizations (2004)

by Ralph Brody

Reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of current staff in relation to the results you want to achieve is an ongoing process, but it should occur, especially at the time of a vacancy. Through this assessment, you can determine what specific ...

Google previewReality TV (2012)

by Misha Kavka

Bruzzi, in fact, goes so far as to argue that docusoaps assume that a reality unaffected by the filming process is an impossibility, concluding that what they are able to achieve is the negotiation of a different understanding of truth – one that ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict (2008)

Under ideal conditions, these two societal elements are integrated; everyone knows and accepts the goals and also has available the means to achieve them. This does not mean that everyone will be successful in achieving the goals, but ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Food Safety (2013)

To achieve a health-based target, a range of health protection measures need to be developed along the wastewater treatment and use chain. The target may be achieved entirely in the treatment step, but in situations where treatment is poor ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Geography (2010)

by Barney Warf

In this definition, system usability consists of the extent to which a product can be used by specified users to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use, where effectiveness measures the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Business Analytics and Optimization (2014)

by Wang, John

In this particular case, under the proposed new system, about 28 sensor spares are needed to achieve the minimum cost, while in the current system about 42sensor spares are needed to achieve a minimum cost. Similar analyses are carried ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of New Venture Management (2012)

by Matthew R. Marvel

In order to lead to higher performance, goals should be specific, should present a challenge in terms of difficulty, and concomitantly should not be too easy to achieve. Having such goals is better than having no goal at all or having a vague “do ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Resources Information Systems: Challenges in e-HRM (2008)

Challenges in e-HRM by Torres-Coronas, Teresa

List the learning outcomes that the employees have been established as needing to achieve: describe how those outcomes should be achieved, and how they will be assessed. 3. List the venues through and media by which the learning will ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (2002)

Volume 45 - Supplement 30 by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

information retrieval and dissemination has become a core issue that needs further accomplishments to achieve user ...

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Usage statistics about achieve

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb achieve:

spoken English28.57%written English71.43% imaginative writing13.15%informational writing86.85%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb achieve:


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Quotes about Achieve

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. (Robert F Kennedy)
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Scrabble value of A1C3H4I1E1V4E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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