|Achieve (A*chieve") (#), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Achieved (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Achieving (#).]
[OE. acheven, OF. achever, achiever, F. achever, to finish; à (L. ad) + OF. chief, F. chef, end, head, fr. L. caput head. See Chief.]
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. "Supposing faculties and powers to be the same, far more may be achieved in any line by the aid of a capital, invigorating motive than without it." I. Taylor.
2. To obtain, or gain, as the result of exertion; to succeed in gaining; to win. "Some are born great, some achieve greatness." Shak. "Thou hast achieved our liberty." Milton.
[[Obs]., with a material thing as the aim.] "Show all the spoils by valiant kings achieved." Prior. "He hath achieved a maid That paragons description." Shak.
3. To finish; to kill. [Obs.] Shak.
Synonyms -- To accomplish; effect; fulfill; complete; execute; perform; realize; obtain. See Accomplish.
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