Meaning of “achieve” in the English Dictionary

"achieve" in English

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achieveverb [ T ]

uk /əˈtʃiːv/ us /əˈtʃiːv/

B1 to succeed in finishing something or reaching an aim, especially after a lot of work or effort:

The government's training policy, he claimed, was achieving its objectives.
She finally achieved her ambition to visit South America.
I've been working all day, but I feel as if I've achieved nothing.
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(Definition of “achieve” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"achieve" in American English

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achieveverb [ T ]

us /əˈtʃiv/

to do or obtain something that you wanted after planning and working to make it happen:

She achieved her objective of qualifying for the US Olympic team.
I am hopeful that we can achieve peace eventually, but it is not going to be easy.
adjective [ not gradable ] us /əˈtʃi·və·bəl/

Increasing sales by 5 percent is an achievable goal.

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"achieve" in Business English

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achieveverb [ T ]

uk /əˈtʃiːv/ us

to successfully finish or do something you wanted to do, especially after a lot of effort:

attempt/strive/seek to achieve sth Salespersons strived to achieve maximum sales.
achieve an objective/goal/target The division has achieved its objective of being a major force in home entertainment.
It is hard to see how these projects can achieve their potential .

(Definition of “achieve” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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In my opinion, it would be good if we could achieve consensus at the international level regarding certain basic principles of competition law.
We hope that all of this will be introduced with the reform and that we will have coherent, complementary and coordinated policies in order to achieve greater efficiency.
At the moment the challenge in the face of enlargement is to achieve, as the rapporteurs have said, greater efficiency and greater democracy.
In this connection, local politics, chambers of commerce and industry and trade associations can achieve a considerable amount in terms of motivation and the provision of information.
Once this decision has been made, the position in a few years' time will be quite close to what we had wanted to achieve.
In this delicate field of data protection we must achieve two fundamental objectives: transparency in the future functioning of the secretariat and the independence of its work.
And, finally, we have to ensure that the switchover from analogue to digital is attractive to all of our citizens: that is the end which we should work to achieve.
We should now be working at a steady speed to achieve the aims established there, but that is not the case.
We really do need more careful voting and coordination both in and between the groups so that we achieve a result which is worthy of its name.
Information on the dangers of smoking will need to be conveyed in a more effective way if we want to achieve the objective.