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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·chieve v. t. [imp. & p. p. Achieved p. pr. & vb. n. Achieving ]
 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.
 Note: [[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.]
 Syn: -- To accomplish; effect; fulfill; complete; execute; perform; realize; obtain. See Accomplish.