- atchieve (obsolete)
From Middle English achieven, acheven, from Anglo-Norman achever, Old French achever, achiever et al., apparently from Late Latin *accappāre, present active infinitive of *accappō, from ad (“to”) + caput (“head”) + -ō (verbal suffix), or alternatively a construction based on Old French chief (“head”). Compare Catalan, Occitan, Portuguese and Spanish acabar, French achever.
- (intransitive) To succeed in something, now especially in academic performance. [from 14th c.]
- (transitive) To carry out successfully; to accomplish. [from 14th c.]
- You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.
- Hannah achieved her lifelong dream of winning a medal at the Olympics.
- (obsolete, transitive) To conclude, finish, especially successfully. [14th–18th c.]
- (transitive) To obtain, or gain (a desired result, objective etc.), as the result of exertion; to succeed in gaining; to win. [from 14th c.]
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter I, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
- I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.
- 2013 January 22, Phil McNulty, “Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (3-4)”, in BBC:
- Bradford may have lost on the night but they stubbornly protected a 3-1 first-leg advantage to emulate a feat last achieved by Rochdale in 1962.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To conclude, to turn out. [14th–16th c.]
- (transitive, now literary) To obtain (a material thing). [from 15th c.]
- 1700, Matthew Prior, Carmen Seculare. for the Year 1700
- Show all the spoils by valiant kings achieved.
- c. 1603–1604 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
- He hath achieved a maid / That paragons description.
- (carry out successfully): accomplish, fulfil, fulfill, realize
- (conclude): conclude, end, finalize, complete
- (obtain or gain a desired result): attain, obtain, get one's hands on
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