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.
We must remember that achieving change is a long-term struggle.
Funds and a Unified Front Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik October 23, 2012
Are tens of thousands of additional troops in Afghanistan the best means of achieving that end?
What War Costs the Right Conor Friedersdorf September 27, 2009
Deng quickly decked the assailant, achieving her own bit of YouTube immortality.
What Would the New York Post Say About Rupert Murdoch’s Divorce? David Freedlander June 12, 2013
Needless to say, the Yesha Council is well on the way to achieving this step.
Settlers’ 9-Step Plan To Kill The Two-State Solution Joel Braunold March 20, 2013
I was drawn to The Class for different reasons—chiefly, the pipe dream of achieving a tighter and tauter backside.
How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze Lizzie Crocker January 8, 2015
From all this striving and achieving, and from all the satisfying rewards which come with success, woman is debarred.
Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World James Cowan
My answer is you may be achieving self-hypnosis and not know it!
A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis Melvin Powers
All about yourself, the wonderful things that you have been living and achieving.
Katrine Elinor Macartney Lane
His method of achieving the ideal seems to me too full of red tape.
Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 1, March 1906 Various
For them, non-resistance becomes an end in itself, rather than a means for achieving other purposes.
Introduction to Non-Violence Theodore Paullin
to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain
to gain as by hard work or effort: to achieve success
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.
an island off the coast of NW Ireland. 14 miles (23 km) long; 11 miles (18 km) wide. Historical Examples I simply crossed the island in a day’s run, spent another day in Achill, and returned to Wexford. Wanderings in Ireland Michael Myers Shoemaker After the desolation of Achill it is pleasant to return to […]
having no labellum or lip, or one that is undeveloped, as in the flower of certain orchids.
- Achill island
noun an island in the Republic of Ireland, off the W coast of Co Mayo. Area: 148 sq km (57 sq miles). Pop: 2620 (2002) Historical Examples On achill island there is a comfortable hotel at the ‘missionary settlement,’ which is about 10 miles from the ferry. Climbing in The British Isles, Vol. II W. […]
- Pius xi
(Achille Ratti) 1857–1939, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1922–39. Contemporary Examples Kertzer credits John Paul II with opening the files on the Pius XI papacy, in 2002, which made him decide to embark upon the book. How the Catholic Church Got in Bed with Mussolini Jason Berry February 4, 2014 Aloof and bookish, Pius XI (Achille Ratti) […]
any composite plant of the genus Achillea, having toothed or divided leaves and flat-topped clusters of flowers, and including the yarrow and sneezewort. Historical Examples achillea millefolium (common yarrow), by river and log-paths, and Smith’s. The Maine Woods Henry David Thoreau noun any plant of the N temperate genus Achillea, with white, yellow, or purple […]