Achiever



to bring to a successful end; carry through; accomplish:
The police crackdown on speeders achieved its purpose.
to get or attain by effort; gain; obtain:
to achieve victory.
to bring about an intended result; accomplish some purpose or effect.
Contemporary Examples

Early in life, Robert Ingersoll, talented orator and “self-made American achiever,” had ambitions to hold public office.
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Historical Examples

But Cézanne, judged either as a theorist or as an achiever, is the preeminent figure in modern art.
Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright

In some of the other versions the sword is already broken, and can only be made whole by the achiever of the Quest.
Parzival (vol. 1 of 2) Wolfram von Eschenback

The dreamer laid a hand on each of the achiever’s strong shoulders and gazed long and searchingly into the confident face.
Destiny Charles Neville Buck

verb (transitive)
to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain
to gain as by hard work or effort: to achieve success
v.

early 14c., from Old French achever (12c.) “to finish, accomplish, complete,” from phrase à chef (venir) “at an end, finished,” or Vulgar Latin *accapare, from Late Latin ad caput (venire); both the French and Late Latin phrases meaning literally “to come to a head,” from stem of Latin caput “head” (see capitulum).

The Lat. caput, towards the end of the Empire, and in Merov[ingian] times, took the sense of an end, whence the phrase ad caput venire, in the sense of to come to an end …. Venire ad caput naturally produced the Fr. phrase venir à chef = venir à bout. … From this chief, O.Fr. form of chef (q.v.) in sense of term, end, comes the Fr. compd. achever = venir à chef, to end, finish. [Auguste Brachet, “An Etymological Dictionary of the French Language,” transl. G.W. Kitchin, Oxford, 1878]

Related: Achieved; achieving.

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