Meaning of “achieve” in the English Dictionary

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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)

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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.
achievable
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 this way it will achieve coherence with the rest of the text which responds to the double challenge of enhanced democracy and greater efficiency.
In several countries growth is below 3%; in fact, a number of countries have almost zero growth, which by definition will make it very difficult to achieve our targets.
To achieve this, as the rapporteur has explained, it is essential to develop independent official inspections and also to increase the responsibility of operators in the sector.
Particular attention must be paid to women who find it harder to achieve equality of opportunity, such as women with disabilities, immigrants and heads of families.
Until recently talks were still being held to achieve this, because there is a willingness on all sides to give a little more ground.
If we do achieve a balance in development policy and commit all industrial nations to this, we have no reason to hide behind others.
Our proposed amendments mainly specify the action needed at local level if we are to achieve maximum possible results in this difficult and sensitive sector.
If this process is to be a success, we must achieve progress along the political, economic and security tracks at all costs.
We are aware of the responsibility of the agricultural professions, whose ambition is to achieve optimum product quality while preserving their way of life.
To help achieve this legal certainty, a non-exhaustive list of unfairness categories and a list of examples of banned commercial practices will supplement the general clause.