Hypertext Webster Gateway: "achieve"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Achieve \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}.]
1. 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.

2. 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.

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

Show all the spoils by valiant kings achieved.

He hath achieved a maid That paragons
description. --Shak.

3. To finish; to kill. [Obs.] --Shak.

Syn: To accomplish; effect; fulfill; complete; execute;
perform; realize; obtain. See {Accomplish}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v : to gain with effort: "she achieved her goal despite
setbacks." [syn: {accomplish}, {attain}, {reach}]

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