- 1 [transitive] achieve something to succeed in reaching a particular goal, status or standard, especially by making an effort for a long time synonym attain He had finally achieved success. They could not achieve their target of less than 3% inflation. See related entries: Describing work
- 2[transitive] achieve something to succeed in doing something or causing something to happen synonym accomplish I haven't achieved very much today. All you've achieved is to upset my parents.
- 3[intransitive] to be successful Their background gives them little chance of achieving at school. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French achever ‘come or bring to a head’, from a chief ‘to a head’.Extra examples By the end of the afternoon we had achieved very little. I achieved a longstanding ambition to fly solo. I knew that the demonstration would achieve nothing. Sooner or later our shared efforts will achieve results. The present law has failed to achieve its objectives. They haven’t achieved much yet. how to achieve a balance between work and family life All you’ve achieved is to upset my parents. I haven’t achieved very much today. These students need to achieve academically in order to enter the labour market.
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BrE BrE//əˈtʃiːv//; NAmE NAmE//əˈtʃiːv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they achieve
BrE BrE//əˈtʃiːv//; NAmE NAmE//əˈtʃiːv//he / she / it achieves
BrE BrE//əˈtʃiːvz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈtʃiːvz//past simple achieved
BrE BrE//əˈtʃiːvd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈtʃiːvd//past participle achieved
BrE BrE//əˈtʃiːvd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈtʃiːvd//-ing form achieving
BrE BrE//əˈtʃiːvɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈtʃiːvɪŋ//Describing work