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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

2. To obtain, or gain, as the result of exertion; to succeed in gaining; to win. [1913 Webster]

Some are born great, some achieve greatness. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Thou hast achieved our liberty. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Note: [[Obs]., with a material thing as the aim.] [1913 Webster]

Show all the spoils by valiant kings achieved. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

He hath achieved a maid That paragons description. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To finish; to kill. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To accomplish; effect; fulfill; complete; execute; perform; realize; obtain. See {Accomplish}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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