Definition of “achieve” - English Dictionary

“achieve” in British 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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  • We've achieved some marvellous results with this new drug.
  • He has already achieved his main ambition in life - to become wealthy.
  • I've been working all day, but I feel as if I've achieved nothing.
  • She was so desperate for success that she'd do anything to achieve it.
  • We've set ourselves a series of goals to achieve by the end of the month.

(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.
achievable
adjective [ not gradable ] us /əˈtʃi·və·bəl/

Increasing sales by 5 percent is an achievable goal.

(Definition of “achieve” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“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)