from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To perform or carry out with success; accomplish. See Synonyms at perform.
- transitive v. To attain with effort or despite difficulty. See Synonyms at reach.
- intransitive v. To accomplish something successfully; perform at a standard or above standard level: skills needed to achieve in school.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To obtain, or gain, as the result of exertion; to succeed in gaining; to win.
- transitive v. To finish; to kill.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To perform or execute; accomplish, as some great enterprise; finish; carry on to a prosperous close.
- To gain or obtain, as the result of exertion; bring about, as by effort.
- Synonyms Effect, Accomplish, etc. (see perform), bring about, work out.
- To acquire, win, obtain, get.
- To come to an end.
- To accomplish some enterprise; bring about a result intended.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to gain with effort
Middle English acheven, from Old French achever, from a chief (venir), (to come) to a head; see chief.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman aschever, Middle French achever, achiever et al., apparently from Late Latin *accappō, from ad ("to") + caput ("head") + -ō (verbal suffix). Compare Catalan, Occitan, Portuguese and Spanish acabar, French achever. (Wiktionary)