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The word achieve and its family (achievable, achieved, achievement, achievements, achieves, achieving) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb achieve

What does achieve mean as a doing word?

Achieve is one of the top 1000 most common verbs. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common verbs in informational written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: achieved | achieving | achieves

  1. to gain with effort

Alternative definition of the verb achieve


  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.
  2. To obtain, or gain, as the result of exertion; to succeed in gaining; to win.
  3. [obsolete] To obtain with a material thing as the aim
  4. [obsolete] To finish; to kill. - Shakespeare


Achieve is a school, educational institution.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Achieve

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Google previewReality TV (2012)

by Misha Kavka

Bruzzi, in fact, goes so far as to argue that docusoaps assume that a reality unaffected by the filming process is an impossibility, concluding that what they are able to achieve is the negotiation of a different understanding of truth – one that ...

Google previewStudent’s Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms (2014)

by Martin H Manser

ambition something that you hope to achieve in the future: Calum's ambition is to be an astronaut. aspiration a desire for ...

Google previewBailliere's Nurses' Dictionary (2009)

for nurses and health care workers by Barbara F. Weller

Aim to achieve at least 15 degrees of tilt by placing objects such as a Cardiff wedge, pillows, blankets, etc. under the right side/hip. Respiratory Arrests This will be discovered at the point of checking for breathing and circulation. Ensure an ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Health, Nutrition and Family Welfare (2000)

According to these objectives, the Indian Family Planning programme was expected to achieve a crude birth rate of 25 births per 1,000 population by 1973. This long- term objective was revised, and two sets of objectives, one long-term and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections (2009)

by Larry Sabato, Howard R. Ernst

Electoral politics in the United States has enabled its citizens to achieve collectively ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

achieve. core. goals. Many valuable teaching techniques exploit the MT as a stimulus for learning. For example: At the presentation stage, the MT can enable students to progress more quickly to the stages of internalization and active.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Geography (2010)

by Barney Warf

In this definition, system usability consists of the extent to which a product can be used by specified users to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use, where effectiveness measures the ...

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Usage statistics about achieve

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb achieve:

spoken English28.57%written English71.43% imaginative writing13.15%informational writing86.85%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb achieve:


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Quotes about Achieve

Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense. (Arnold Bennett)
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Scrabble value of A1C3H4I1E1V4E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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