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Etymology [ edit ]
Anglo-Norman , aschever Middle French , achever et al., apparently from achiever * Late Latin accappāre, present active infinitive of , from *accappō ( ad “ to ”) + ( caput “ head ”) + (verbal suffix), or alternatively a construction based on Old French -ō ( chief “ head ”). Compare Catalan, Occitan, Portuguese and Spanish , French acabar . achever
Pronunciation [ edit ]
achieve ( third-person singular simple present , achieves present participle , achieving simple past and past participle ) achieved
( intransitive ) To succeed in something, now especially in academic performance. [from 14th c.]
( transitive ) To carry out successfully; to accomplish. [from 14th c.]
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.
( obsolete , transitive ) To conclude, finish, especially successfully. [14th-18th c.]
1590, Edmund Spenser, , III.1:
The Faerie Queene
Full many Countreyes they did overronne, / From the uprising to the setting Sunne, / And many hard adventures did
( transitive ) To obtain, or gain (a desired result, objective etc.), as the result of exertion; to succeed in gaining; to win. [from 14th c.]
: 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, The Celebrity
I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.
2013 January 22, Phil McNulty, “ Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (3-4)”, BBC:
Bradford may have lost on the night but they stubbornly protected a 3-1 first-leg advantage to emulate a feat last achieved by Rochdale in 1962.
Twelfth Night, II-v
Some are born great, some
achieved our liberty.
( obsolete , intransitive ) To conclude, to turn out. [14th-16th c.]
( transitive , now literary ) To obtain (a material thing). [from 15th c.]
Show all the spoils by valiant kings
achieved a maid / That paragons description.
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to carry out successfully; to accomplish
達成する ( (ja) たっせいする, tassei suru), 実現する ( (ja) じつげんする, jitsugen suru) Polish:
osiągać (pl) , impf . osiągnąć (pl) ; pf . zrealizować (pl) Russian:
выполнять ( (ru) vypolnjátʹ) , impf . выполнить ( (ru) výpolnitʹ) , pf . реализовать ( (ru) realizovátʹ) / impf . , pf . осуществлять ( (ru) osuščestvljátʹ) , impf . осуществить ( (ru) osuščestvítʹ) pf . Spanish:
conseguir , (es) lograr (es) Swedish:
åstadkomma , (sv) uppnå (sv)
to obtain, or gain as the result of exertion
( дасягаць dasjahác’) , impf . ( дасягнуць dasjahnúc’) pf . Bulgarian:
постигам ( (bg) postigam), достигам ( (bg) dostigam) Catalan:
obtenir , (ca) aconseguir (ca) Chinese:
, 達到 达到 ( (zh) dádào) Czech:
dosahovat , impf . dosáhnout (cs) pf . Dutch:
bereiken , (nl) realiseren , (nl) verwerven , (nl) winnen , (nl) verkrijgen (nl) Finnish:
saavuttaa , (fi) päästä tavoitteeseen/ päämäärään German:
erreichen , (de) erlangen (de)
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