A*chieve" (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Achieved (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Achieving (#).] [OE. acheven, OF. achever, achiever, F. achever, to finish; a (L. ad) + OF. chief, F. chef, end, head, fr. L. caput head. See Chief.]


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.

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. I. Taylor.


To obtain, or gain, as the result of exertion; to succeed in gaining; to win.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness. Shak.

Thou hast achieved our liberty. Milton.

[[Obs]., with a material thing as the aim.]

Show all the spoils by valiant kings achieved. Prior.

He hath achieved a maid That paragons description. Shak.


To finish; to kill.



Syn. -- To accomplish; effect; fulfill; complete; execute; perform; realize; obtain. See Accomplish.


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